Using Collaborative Pictures to Understand Student Experience

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Abstract

Summative feedback forms are used in academia for gathering data on course quality and student understanding. Students answer a series of questions based on the course they are soon to finish in these forms. Feedback forms are notorious for being homogenised and limiting and thus the data captured is often neutral and lacking in tacit emotional responses. This paper contrasts student feedback forms with collaborative drawing. We analyse 19 pictures drawn by international students on a pre-sessional course. Through visuals we present an approach to enable a holistic level of student understanding. Visuals communicate irrespective of possible language, cultural and educational barriers. This paper sought to discover if the pictures mirrored the feedback given on a typical feedback form. Findings indicate a considerable difference in the two approaches and thus we highlight the value of collaborative drawing as a complimentary resource to aid the understanding of student experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1160-1167
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering
Volume10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • feedback forms
  • visualisation
  • student experinece
  • collaborative drawing

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