Involving Assessment Buddies in the Assessment of Design Project Work

Jane Osmond, Brian Clough
2012, Vol. 17, No. 2,


This paper discusses the impact of a specially developed
assessment and feedback system implemented within
a second year industrial design module at Coventry
University, UK.
The ‘Assessment Buddy’ system was developed in
response to the need for a successful assessment and
feedback method 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 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.


action research, industrial design, Curriculum development, assessment

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