The (currently un-named) Feedback pilot is an automated student course feedback system developed for The University of Portsmouth’s Business School.
This page is still under construction. In fact, right now it’s mostly a placeholder.
Obtaining student feedback about courses tends to be a manual, paper-heavy, and intensive process. And the University has something like 18,000 students. Feedback is a university-level system (piloted at Faculty level) to develop a computerised system, as the extant method of, as one staff put it, ‘photocopying a truck load of sheets and getting admin staff to tot the crosses up’ is obviusly increasingly impractical…
- Automate tedious, error-prone tasks
- automatic presentation of forms, capturing of data, including partial submission
- automatic processing, analysis and summarisation of results
- automatic pre-defined ‘windows of feedback opportunity’ by date, variable by year of study
- automatic management of course-level ‘add-ons’ for customised assessment
- Reduce paper usage& staff burden
- Enable consistent management of feedback and evaluation processes
- Measure completion rates; Feedback can discern if a student has used the system (but individual data is psuedonomyised)
At the time of writing, the system is to run as a pilot for 2000 students during May-July 2006.
- Re-use of GoalPost codebase, including integrated Portal signon and abstracted access to corporate student records systems
- Developed in object-oriented PHP 5, MySQL 4, accessing corporate Oracle Portal instances
- Userbase of 2000 students, 200 staff
- Role-based permissions system (e.g. only course leaders can see feedback for a given course; department heads can see cross-department summaries)
- Fully W3C compliant, accessible, etc.
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