The JISC sponsored project ASSET
This is the blog of the JISC sponsored project ASSET. The project will tackle the sector-wide issue of providing timely, quality feedback to students through the development of an interactive resource, ‘ASSET’. ASSET will utilize the principles of social software to facilitate the development of new communities of learning between students and staff, which will support dialogue centred on the fundamental issue of what ‘good’ feedback/feed-forward actually means to both students and staff. This work aligns with our institution’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, which emphasises the importance of actively engaging students with their learning. In addition it complements a number of pedagogic initiatives currently taking place within the University.
The aim of the project is to evaluate Web 2.0 technologies to support the development of an interactive feedback tool, ‘ASSET’, to provide an innovative resource for engaging students and staff with feedback. ASSET will support staff in providing feed-forward and rapid, effective feedback to students, e.g. via video and audio casts. The use of Web 2.0 will support students’ engagement with feedback they receive and will enable communities of students to ‘interact’ with one another on the basis of feedback they receive. It will also be possible to establish communities of learning between students and staff, thus completing the “feedback loop”.