GROUP WORK MARKING
Students wanted to be able to submit work alone during a group work task. Allowing them to be marked on the merit of their own work, not the whole group's.
- The Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience for the Faculty of Business and Society put forward that group work should be a topic for a Student Voice Representative research project.
- Student Voice Representatives are allowed to chose their own topics for research, within the parameters of academic issues, and as of yet, none have chosen to look at group work for their project.
- The Education Officer will discuss this feedback with the Deans of all four faculties.
- Our Education Officer contacted University staff members to highlight that some students do not like how group work is sometimes marked. However, after being in contact with University staff members, it is clear that group work marking differs in each subject area and dependant on the assignment. For example, where the task is to show collaboration, group thinking, group problem solving etc, then the same mark is usually (but not always) applied to the whole group. Where there is an individual element to the task – perhaps to reflect on an individual’s role in the group for example – there is often a portion of the mark given to an individual. Group work is a core employability skill all students should have and will be given this opportunity throughout their studies.