The hackathon focuses on the challenge of effectively assessing group work and participants will have the chance to design assesment briefs that involve group work.

Below you can see some suggestions and examples from the ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK TOOLKIT created by Coventry University’s Academic Development team:

  • “Ask each student to write and submit an individual report (often a reflective piece) based on the group’s work on the task/project. The group product is often formative (does not carry a grade), and the individual report becomes the summative assessment. This is often considered to be a fair approach as the group process might have been ineffectual, but students could still obtain a good mark for their own reflection.
  • Ask each student to complete an allocated task that contributes to the final group product and gets the mark for that specific task. This could work well if the group work can be easily broken down into tasks equal or similar in size and complexity.
  • A combination of group average and individual mark where the group mark is awarded to each member with a mechanism for adjusting for individual contributions. E.g. students’ self or peer allocation based on evidence such as log books, meeting minutes, etc.
  • Consider the use of technologies to help identify individual effort, such as the use of Wikis where an individual’s contribution is automatically recorded and provide an audit trail. Colleagues (Kear, Donelan and Williams 2014) from the Open University provides a good example here:
  • Ask students to individually evaluate their own contribution using predetermined criteria and award themselves a mark. Lecturers/tutors moderate the marks awarded. This could work well if students develop the criteria together with tutors in advance where they have more ownership and understanding of the criteria.”

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