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Freestyle Feedback - OTLA Digital Case Study

Principal focus of the project

The project explored different technologies including iPods, Android mobile, iPad Pro, Planet e-Stream, Office 365 OneDrive and OneNote, Moodle and Kaizena. The maths teachers were provided with equipment and training, so they could produce sample digital feedback in their own way.  After evaluating this with learners, teachers provided digital feedback in a baseline diagnostic test, at least one piece of homework and an end of topic test. The e-ambassadors supported teachers and learners in their use of hardware and software.

What is this about and what were the main findings?

The end of topic assessments showed that 67% of learners improved their results from the initial diagnostic test.  In addition, there was an 18% increase in the number of students across the project period who expressed a preference for digital feedback. Participating teachers also reported an increase in student engagement with feedback. One teacher developed the project by encouraging learners to provide oral feedback on their learning, as well as to peer-assess work. Interest in the project spread beyond the participating Maths Departments, with Functional Skills English, English for Speakers of Other Languages and Childcare departments showing an interest in using this method of enhancing feedback.

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France Marchese - Barnet and Southgate College

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A case study exploring a collaborative project between Barnet & Southgate College and North Hertfordshire College, exploring why GCSE maths learners were not making as much progress as they could when using traditional written methods of feedback. The project sought to supplement written feedback with digital feedback in order to improve learner engagement as measured by  academic outcomes.

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