Strand Two Projects and Research

Strand Two: Projects and Research

Contact Name

Title, brief description and status

Dissemination

Sarah Aitken,
Business School

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The adaptation of first year overseas undergraduate students to Higher Education, and the effect of a structured induction programme on their academic performance.
Status: Data (qualitative diary data, and quantitative marks data) have been collected and analysed. Sarah is currently writing a paper for BeJLT or equivalent.

Aitken, S. and Davey, S. (2008) 'The adaptation of first year overseas undergraduate students and the effect of a structured induction programme on their academic grades', presentation at the BSLE Conference. View the abstract online.l

Steven Davey

For more information, please contact Karen Handley

Understanding the undergraduate student perspective using audio diaries.
Status: Completed.

Poster presentation at the EARLI conference, September 2008
Davey, S. (2008) 'Undergraduate Audio Diary data analysis', ASKe report working paper available on request.

Mary Davis,
Oxford Brookes International

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Investigating the formative use of Turnitin to foster an understanding of UK academic conventions.
Status: Completed

Internal ASKe workshop on the formative use of Turnitin, 20th May 2008. 40 people
Davis, M. (2007) 'The role of Turnitin within the formative process of academic writing', presentation to BSLE Conference, available online [Powerpoint presentation].
Davis, M. (2007) 'The Role of Turnitin within the Formative Process of Academic Writing', Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching, vol. 2, Issue 2.
Paper at the Designing for Learning Conference, University of Greenwich, 2007. Published in the conference proceedings. 
1,2,3 leaflet on plagiarism generated from the research (2007)

Lynn Errey,
Westminster Institute of Education

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General awareness raising via a range of outlets.  Work on revising assessments.  Workshops for staff and students.
Status: Project completed.

Internal report received in 2007 on project outputs such as discussions with several members of staff including field chairs, module leaders, and other ACOs; presentations at staff away-days
Presentation to Westminster Institute of Education's annual Teaching and Learning conference. Title: 'Why students might have difficulties in producing good academic writing, and ways to help them improve'. 2007.

Graham Gibbs,
Business School

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Literature review on groupwork
Status: Completed.

Please contact aske@brookes.ac.uk.

 

Peter Gray,
Visiting fellow

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Developing a protocol for investigating the influences on student performance (marks)
Status: Completed Summer 2009

 

Karen Handley,
Business School

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Creating an interactive repository of exemplar coursework assignments annotated with feedback: how might students use them?
Status: Completed

Journal article accepted with minor revisions (April 2009) for Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. Title: From copying to learning? Using exemplars to engage students with assessment criteria and feedback.

Handley, K. and Williams, L. (2007) 'From copying to learning? How students use previously-marked assignments to improve the quality of their own work'. Conference presentation at the Association for Learning Technologies Conference, September 2007, Nottingham, UK.

ASKe seminar, Oxford Brookes University, 15th April 2008.
ASKe seminar, Oxford Brookes University, 23rd May 2007.

Julie Hartley,
Business School

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Ensuring reliable assessment decisions in a distance learning post-graduate programme.
Status: Completed

ASKe seminar, Oxford Brookes University, 23rd May 2007.
Internal research report 'Supporting Associate Tutors in the assessment of Distance Learning Dissertations', Summer 2008

Anton Havnes

For more information, please contact Karen Handley

What can feedback practices tell us about variation in grading across disciplines and programmes?
Status: Completed

Presentation at the EARLI conference, August 2008.

Becky Kiddle,
School of Built Environment

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The Design of Social Learning Space at Wheatley Campus.
Status: Completed January 2010

 

Jill Millar,
Business School

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Written feedback: do students understand it?
Status: Completed.

 

Millar, J. (2008) 'Painting by numbers: understanding student feedback' in Rust, C. (ed.) Proceedings of 2007 15th International Symposium on Improving Student Learning, Oxford, OCSLD

Laura Morosanu,
ASKe

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Understanding the undergraduate student perspective using audio diaries. [1st year students - data collected in 2007-8 by Steven Davey]

Status: All data now transcribed and being analysed.  Journal article submitted in October 2009 to International journal, Higher Education Research & Development. Revise-and-resubmit responded to in December 2009

Morosanu, L. & Handley, K., ‘From Community of Practice to Networks of Support: Investigating First-Year Students' Experiences of Coping with Academic Life,’ Paper presented at the ‘European First Year Experience,’ Groningen, 13-15 May 2009

Morosanu, L. & Handley, K., ‘From Communities of Practice to Networks of Support: First-Year Students' Experiences of Coping with Academic Life,’ Paper presented at the ‘Improving Student Learning’ conference, Imperial College, London, 7-9 September 2009

Laura Morosanu,
ASKe

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Longitudinal study of students' experiences of assessment and feedback (diaries/poster montage)
Status: Completed Summer 2009

 

Birgit den Outer,
ASKe

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Marking, Dissertations, and Assessment Communities
Status: Completed December 2009

 

 

Birgit den Outer,
ASKe

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Staff experiences of 'coming to know' assessment standards at Brookes (audio/written diaries)
Status: To be completed Spring 2010

den Outer, B. and Handley, K. (2009), ‘Staff, Standards, and Situation: Tutor Experiences of Assessment and Belonging in Academic Communities using Situational Analysis’, presented at the Improving Student Learning (ISL) conference, London, September 2009.

den Outer, B. and Handley, K. (2009), ‘Staff, Standards, and Situation: The Tutor Perspective on Assessment and Belonging in Academic Communities using Situational Analysis’, presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference, Amsterdam, August 2009.

Judith Piggott,
Business School

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Developing students’ presentation skills using theatre.
Status: Ongoing

 

 

Workshops given at; Association of Graduate Recruiters Conference, July 2007; The Development in Economics Education Conference, September 2007; BMAF Conference, April 2008.
An article also appeared in the Guardian

Sarah Quinton,
Business School

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How to encourage the keen student: What types of assessments engage higher achieving students?
Status: Literature review now completed.

 

Andrew Rosenthal,
School of Life Sciences

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Engaging students to learn with an adaptive summative strategy.
Status: Ongoing

 

Diana Schmitt

For more information, please contact Karen Handley

Sitting exams in a second language.
Status: Completed

Schmitt, D. (2007) 'Sitting exams in a second language: minimising bias, maximising potential', OCSLD online paper.

Conference presentation, Oxford Brookes University, October 2007

Used by Jude Carroll at external workshops at University of Liverpool, 2007 and Nottingham Trent University 2008

Sepe Sehati

For more information, please contact Karen Handley

General awareness raising.  Introduction of Turnitin with PG engineering students, running workshops and information sessions for students.
Status: Project completed.

Sehati, S. (2008) 'Towards reducing plagiarism among post-graduates', Report available from ASKe.
Sehati, S. (2007) 'Health psychology, global warming and plagiarism: creating the missing link?', Brookes Teaching News, Semester 2, 2006-7.
Presentation at MSc programme meeting for the School of Technology, 2007. Presentation available from ASKe

Neil Trivett

For more information, please contact Karen Handley

Review of marking cultures
Status: Completed

Trivett, N. (2006) 'Does local culture influence standards and marking practice within schools?' Internal report produced for the University Learning and Teaching Committee, and available from ASKe.

Debbie Witney,
Business School

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Enhancing Associate’s understanding of the assessment standards
Status: Completed.

 

Debbie Witney and Theresa Smallbone,
Business School

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Wiki Work: an analysis of how Wiki’s might enable better collaboration for group
Status: Completed

Conference presentation, Brookes Student Learning Experience Conference, May 2008
Witney, D and Smallbone, T. (2008) Presentation at the ALT-C conference, 'Supporting online collaboration: implications of teacher and student concerns for instructional design', Leeds, UK.

Sharon Curtis

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New 2009:  Development of bespoke automated feedback software for new modules, plus development of user documentation for potential transfer of feedback system outside School of Technology

 

Alysa Levene & AM Kilday

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New 2009:  Students' experiences of transitioning to University (History)

 

Gabor Lukacs

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New 2009:  Oral vivas as a form of assessment.  

 

Paul Mantle

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New 2009: The benefits of coaching/mentoring on students' ability to work in groups