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Creating Collegial Frameworks to Tighten and Close Student Feedbacks

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Phelan, L and Cottman, C and Tout, D and Carbone, A and Drew, S and Ross, B and Stoney, S and Lindsay, K, Creating Collegial Frameworks to Tighten and Close Student Feedbacks, Proceedings of 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovations, 18-20 November 2013, Seville, Spain, pp. 789-791. ISBN 9788461638475 (2013) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

There is merit in lecturers seeking students’ perspectives on their learning experiences in order to foster high quality teaching and learning: Brookfield argues that simply seeking to understand students’ experiences of their learning is a key indicator of good teaching practice. However, students’ perspectives on learning experiences can be considered feedback only when lecturers acknowledge and act on them. That is, when outputs of a course, i.e. students’ reporting of their learning experiences, are used by the lecturer as inputs into the same course in a way that changes the course. When such feedbacks are created and applied within a course’s teaching term, the feedbacks can be of immediate developmental benefit, and visibly so for students. In this paper, we report and analyse lecturers’ responses to students’ reports of their learning experiences, consistent with Brookfield’s call for teachers to use students’ perspectives to support critical reflection on their teaching. Data were collected as part of a multi-institutional trial of the Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS) across five Australian universities in 2012. The data analysed in this study comprise: (i) lecturer’s interpretations of students’ perspectives on their learning experiences; and (ii) lecturers’ decisions to vary or not vary teaching strategies and course management in response. Considering students’ reports of their learning experiences is typically a highly individualised aspect of teaching practice. In contrast, PATS creates a collegial and constructive framework in which responses to students’ experiences of teaching can be crafted.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:feedback, peer assisted teaching scheme, brookfield, student perspectives, collegiality, systems
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and Media Studies
Research Field:Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Author:Drew, S (Dr Steve Drew)
ID Code:112047
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Learning & Teaching
Deposited On:2016-10-24
Last Modified:2017-12-15
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