Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Student Engagement | Africa and Middle East

Muhammed Refeque

Muhammed Refeque

Lecturer, Department of Management Studies: Middle East College, Oman

“Students will receive their comments straightaway, and these comments are very much in line with the expectations of the rubric that they have already received from the lecturer. So it’s easy for the students to evaluate their marks by themselves.”

Comments from external moderators for modules at the Middle East College indicated that there was a lack of consistency in feedback provided to students on the same module delivered through multiple sessions, and that the feedback being offered was not sufficiently constructive. Muhammed saw this lack of engagement as an opportunity to make use of the Turnitin shared rubric feature to set student expectations, achieve consistency across the department, achieve consistency and much needed transparency:

“Students will receive their comments straightaway, and these comments are very much in line with the expectations of the rubric that they have already received from the lecturer. So it’s easy for the students to evaluate their marks by themselves.”

Students have responded positively to this approach and are now obtaining “very constructive and extensive feedback” and are using this to feedforward and rectify any issues highlighted as needing attention in subsequent assignments. In fact, such is his students’ enthusiasm, Muhammed reports that one student in particular has been waiting for his feedback before preparing her next assignment on another module!

Muhammed is viewed as quite a pioneer at the college and has encouraged colleagues teaching on other modules to follow his innovative lead.

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