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REAP Update 5 th April 06. Caledonian Business School, Glasgow Caledonian University. Background. Ongoing uncertainty and change in CBS Some staff affected by moves to new subject groupings Some modules affected by review of core module provision within CBS programmes

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reap update 5 th april 06

REAP Update5th April 06

Caledonian Business School,

Glasgow Caledonian University

  • Ongoing uncertainty and change in CBS
  • Some staff affected by moves to new subject groupings
  • Some modules affected by review of core module provision within CBS programmes
  • Ensuring ‘buy-in’ from large module teams can be problematic
overview of structure
Overview of structure
  • Gillian Roberts & Linda Creanor providing overall co-ordination and support
  • 5 e-champions providing direct support to participants in their own subject groupings
  • 1 e-champion role still to be filled due to changes in staffing
  • Regular monthly meetings established with e-champions and Project Manager
e champion role
E-Champion role

It’s been agreed that e-champions will –

  • Participate in GCU learning & teaching showcase event in May to help disseminate info about REAP across GCU
  • Participate in Strathclyde ‘brown bag’ events and forthcoming Learning Enhancement Network (LEN) event
  • Develop two workshops aimed at their subject groups
  • Commit to writing-up pilots and other contributing material
  • Help with evaluation
implementation update
Implementation update
  • All initial assessment pilots well underway
  • Most teething problems with technology have been sorted out
  • Capturing evidence from staff and students has begun
  • Impact of changes in assessment are encouraging reflection on next steps
level 1 managerial finance
Level 1: Managerial Finance

To reduce ‘tail’ of weak students through continuous assessment and regular feedback

  • 10 low-stake weekly MCQ tests implemented (10%)
  • More than 1 attempt allowed, but first mark recorded by students
  • Slow uptake initially, now much higher engagement
  • Linked to weekly seminars
  • Module progression already good, but aim to improve grades overall
  • Evaluation planned (monitor exam results, questionnaire & focus groups)
level 1 marketing fundamentals
Level 1: Marketing Fundamentals

To reduce marking and admin time in summative assessment

  • First large scale online summative assessment completed (Jan 06)
  • Close collaboration with IT and Exams office
  • 435 concurrent students – 259 completed online
  • First evaluation completed (Qs, focus groups, staff time)
  • Technical issues being addressed
  • Amended process for May exams
  • Future plans include Saltire Centre
level 1 economics markets enterprise
Level 1: Economics, Markets & Enterprise

To extend opportunities for formative assessment; to develop students abilities to assess and construct questions based on learning outcomes

  • Some lectures recorded for podcasting via BlackBoard
  • Pilot trial of EVS system in lectures
  • Liaising with ‘Organisations and their Environment’ module on wider use of EVS next year
  • Involving students in the construction of ‘model’ questions based on module learning

outcomes and integrating theory with

data gathering

level 1 organisations their environment
Level 1: Organisations & their Environment

To provide more timely and useful feedback to students & reduce staff assessment workload

  • Reduction from 2 coursework assessments (wk 5 & 9) to 1 (wk 8)
  • New style marking criteria developed with clearer grading plus focus on constructive feedback
  • May consider electronic feedback software
  • Pilot of EVS in a level 4 module underway, considering introducing it to Level 1 next year.
  • This module will have new leader next year
  • Evaluation plans being drawn up
level 1 understanding management
Level 1: Understanding Management

To enhance the consistency and quality of formative feedback & reduce staff assessment workload

  • Electronic feedback software is being used
  • Students have consented to receive feedback electronically directly to their chosen email address
  • Staff are also trialling this in other modules (Level 2, Perspectives on People at Work; level 3, Strategic Management) which allows for comparisons and exchange of experiences
  • Each has a different logic for adaptation and implementation
  • Evaluation plans in hand

(Qs, focus groups, staff diaries)

level 2 perspectives on people at work
Level 2: Perspectives on People at work

To reduce staff marking workload, enable quicker & more consistent formative feedback

  • Database of frequently used essay feedback comments developed
  • Pilot use of electronic feedback software
  • E-tivities & discussion boards are being used to enhance formative feedback & encourage peer support
  • Evaluation underway (focus groups planned)
  • Plans to scale up this process

next year

level 2 consumer buyer behaviour
Level 2: Consumer Buyer Behaviour

To improve progression at first exam diet and reduce staff workload

  • Weekly online tests established
  • Considerable technical difficulties with publisher’s resources – now resolved
  • 10 of 12 tests assessed (25%)
  • Time restrictions on test availability
  • Improvement in average weekly scores & more engagement with course text book noted
  • Electronic submission of coursework for quicker turnaround
  • Staff workload logged, focus groups

planned, test marks & exam results


level 3 strategic management
Level 3: Strategic Management

To improve the usefulness, quality, consistency & timeliness of feedback from a large teaching team with the aid of EFS, in the process achieving efficiency gains

  • Detailed baseline data on previous assessment strategy collected
  • Module ‘position statement’ circulated to REAP team
  • EFS training sessions for 6 members of module team
  • Module leaders have tailored EFS to module requirements
  • Module team now piloting module specific EFS
  • Evaluation underway (time logged,

interviews, focus groups)

level 3 business research methods
Level 3: Business Research Methods

To enhance feedback to students and reduce staff workload

  • Shift from final exam (50%) to phased submission of student portfolios comprising 4 topics (also 50%)
  • Will move to e-portfolio format
  • Pilot of electronic feedback software also underway
  • Pilot of Excel-based software for automated marking & feedback on quantitative analysis
  • Detailed logging of tutor time underway
  • Blackboard discussion boards for student reflection planned
postgraduate modules
Postgraduate Modules

to ensure consistency and quality of formative feedback in the following MBA & PgD Human Resource Management modules:

    • Management Integration (F2F)
    • Management Integration (online)
    • Management Consultancy
    • Managing Activities
  • All have a management report as a major formative assessment (no exam)
  • EFS is being used for feedback in Sem B
  • Evaluation plans similar to those for Understanding Management module
  • Several REAP participants will present at GCU’s internal Learning & Teaching event (May)
  • Information has been disseminated internally via the ELearning@GCU publication and online news update
  • Abstract submitted to BB Europe conference (May)