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Focus On: Assessment and Feedback

The Focus On: Assessment and Feedback project was the first activity of its kind run by QAA Scotland, in collaboration with the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC). It provided a direct link between the outcomes of Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) and a developmental approach to supporting enhancement of policy and practice in the sector. All Scottish higher education institutions participated.

Analysis of ELIR reports identified a need for most institutions to develop in two main areas: implementing policy and practice more consistently across institutions; and improving communication with students to ensure they have a clearer understanding of the nature and timing of feedback they can expect to receive.

QAA Scotland conducted a quick, desk-based scoping exercise with institutions and students’ associations to ensure the Focus On project would cover the areas of highest priority to the sector. This resulted in three strands being identified for the project.

Three strands of work

Based on the feedback received, the following programme of work was carried out:


Focus On Assessment and Feedback

 Use of technology to support assessment and feedback practice Consistent implementation of assessment and feedback policy and practice Students’ associations working in partnership to improve feedback on assessment

For further information about Focus On 2014-15 and future topics please contact QAA Scotland.