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Exams guidance and feedback on the Sociology student hub

Exams guidance and feedback on the Sociology student hub

See it in action:

This presentation introduced two related TESS initiatives within Sociology:

  1. the creation of a student hub (a Blackboard 'Organisation') aimed to improve student engagement with the discipline area and to increase communication channels (using online office hours for example);
  2. the development of a space within the hub for advice and feedback on assessment.

The presentation demonstrated resources we created for exams guidance; in particular, using Camtasia Studio to create movies for Blackboard. It also discussed the use of the site for group-based oral feedback from lecturers on exam performance. We give an indication of the main obstacles encountered, the student feedback to date, and our future plans for the site.

Benefits:

Sociology's NSS score for the JACS subject area increased by 31% from 2010 to 2011 (24% for academic support and 21% for personal development).