Assessing Design through Assessment Buddies

Brian Anthony Clough, Jane Osmond

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    This paper discusses the impact of ‘Assessment Buddies’, a specially developed assessment and feedback system implemented within a second year industrial design module at Coventry University, UK. The system was developed in response to the need for a successful assessment and feedback system that could cope with the complexities of a creative subject, and also in response to the need to address student dissatisfaction with assessment and feedback as evidenced by the regular UK National Student Survey. The findings from student focus groups and questionnaires show that the Assessment Buddy system offers the opportunity for a more flexible approach to the assessment of creative subjects and also speaks to best practice as outlined in the NSS Student Charter. At the time of writing the Assessment Buddy system is embedded in the second year assessment procedures for the automotive design course, and is being introduced into Year 3, with plans for Year 4 to follow.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Bibliographical note

    This paper has been published in vol.3 of the DRS proceedings pg 1409+. The full volume can be access ed for free from whole of the proceedings from volumes 1-4 are freely available to download from the Design Research Society website. This paper was given at the Design Research Society 2012 International Conference (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok,Thailand) 1-4th July 2012.


    • action research
    • industrial design
    • curriculum development assessment


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