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Closing the Feedback Loop
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Project: Closing the Feedback Loop
Project Team: Paul Surgenor, Mary Forrest, Carmel Hensey, James Sullivan & Declan Patton
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Funding:

SIF II Funded

Timeline:

2011-12
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background:
Closing the feedback loop refers to the process of informing students how their comments from UCD’s Student Feedback on Modules Survey have been used. Closing the Feedback Loop involves identification of key strengths and weaknesses and can improve:

•    student engagement
•    discussion at school and programme level
•    staff-student communications
•    Student feedback response rates
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goals:
The objective of the project is for a number of schools to design simple but effective models for communicating to students the results of student feedback on modules and actions taken.   

The models will guide academics through the process of reflecting on and analysing data, consulting with peers, implementing changes, and reporting on any changes to students and colleagues/school heads.

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Methods:

The process involves discussion of existing and possible methods of using feedback at an individual and school level, and providing information to students to inform them of how their comments affect modular and programme development.
Lecturers from three colleges were involved:

1. College of Ag, Food Sc, & Vet Med: Mary Forrest (Ag & Food Sc)
2. College of Science: Carmel Hensey (SBBS, module BIOC00100) & James Sullivan (CHEM10030)
3. College of Health Sciences: Declan Patton (Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems)

Each of the participating lecturers approached the process from different perspectives and employed different techniques which were then tested within their own schools.



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Results:

The final models were collated as a resource and disseminated to academic staff in May 2012.  To view the resource online click on Closing the Feedback Loop .

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Next Steps:
The next steps are for other schools to develop and implement their own methods of closing the feedback loop.