Aiming Higher? Developing student assessment literacy


When did you first introduce the innovation?

Between 12 and 24 months ago

Please describe the innovation you have developed

This innovation targeted the development of student assessment literacy, a core factor in degree attainment.

To develop a deep understanding of the assessment strategies used in their course, the informative and practical guide, titled ‘Aiming Higher’ was developed.

The Aiming Higher document encouraged students to actively engage with their feedback, formative and summative, and use it to improve their assessment performance. The guide contained module specific tools to support students in their self-assessment of their draft work.

Staff development around this document supported its implementation.

What prompted you to develop this innovation?

This innovation was prompted in response to student feedback from modules and NSS scores as well as performance data. The goal was to support student attainment, reduce re-sits and improve the student assessment experience.

In your view, what is it about this innovation that makes it different/important?

This approach recognised the holistic assessment experience, which is often lost on modular degrees. Furthermore, it supported the individual student journey and helped to develop assessment literacy – a life long skill.

To what extent does your innovation make use of existing approaches, resources or technologies?

This innovation is simple but effective. It was delivered using a printed student handbook. Importantly, it was integrated into the teaching practice of the staff and the learning experience of the students.

To what degree has this innovation led to changes in education or clinical practice?

Aiming higher has led to a significant change in the students’ educational experience by enhancing their engagement with assessment feedback.

What evidence do you have of the impact of the innovation?

Positively evaluated by students and tutors.

Positively evaluated by tutors.

Integrated across the nursing curriculum impacting over 1,600 per academic year.

Adopted by other courses in our faculty.

To what degree has the innovation been disseminated in your organisation or elsewhere?

This has been disseminated by the institution’s learning and teaching unit, ALT.

Please provide details of any plans you have to disseminate the innovation in the future.

Case study for the Faculty Learning & Teaching website.