Feedback, Engagement and Tracking (FEATS)

FEATS is an online tool designed to support students to engage with and act upon their assessment feedback. 

FEATS information sheet

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FEATS awarded Educational Development Initiative of the Year Award 2018 by SEDA

The University’s FEATS (Feedback Engagement and Tracking at Surrey) project has won the Staff and Educational Development Association’s Educational Development Initiative of the Year Award.

The Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education. SEDA is seen by many as the shaper of thought and initiator of action in staff and educational development, not only in the UK but in the international domain also.

Surrey was one of four shortlisted universities, each of whom have developed a tool or initiative that met the following criteria:

  • Practical and theoretical contribution to important challenges or issues in learning, teaching and assessment in post-compulsory education.
  • Evidence of positive impact on the staff and/or student experience relating to specific areas of learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Sustainability and potential for further development.
  • Potential to transfer the ideas and approaches to other subject areas and institutions.

Our entry was based on the FEATS project, which was a collaboration between the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, led by Dr Naomi Winstone.

Dr Winstone and her team worked in collaboration with students to design a SurreyLearn feedback e-portfolio that enables students to: collate all of their assessment feedback in one place; see a visual representation of their strengths and areas for development; access resources to support their development, and set targets for improvement and progress monitoring.

Commenting on the award win, Dr Winstone, said: “We are delighted to be the winners of this award. The project exemplifies close collaboration between staff and students, and is another excellent illustration of how we’re working together to enhance our students’ education here at Surrey.”

Since winning the award, the University has agreed a commercial collaboration with RM Results to develop the tool and share it with other universities in the UK and beyond.