Course Assessment & Feedback
Course assessment is based on the assessment by both teachers and students in a following way:
- Half of the grade comes from the assessment by teachers
- 2/3 based on Case Study (25% from Case Study presentation, 75% from Case Study Report)
- Half of the grade comes from the assessment by students through Peer & Self Assessment
Instructions about Peer & Self Assessment will be provided during the course.
Note that as there is no exam in the course but learning and assessment is based on group work, individual assignments and sessions, it is compulsory to participate in all Contact Sessions and Case Study Sessions. You can miss one session, after that you must do a personal Compensatory Task (see Sessions & Reading Circles sub-page).
Attached file shows your final grade from WAT-E2080 course, including grades for Reading Circle Briefs and Case Study as well as from Peer & Self Assessment. If you have any questions regarding the assessment, please send email to course email address: email@example.com.
The course went overall very well, with majority of you getting very good i.e. 4. This is also reflected in the course feedback you gave, indicating that you indeed found the course useful and also learnt a lot (see below).
You can give feedback both during and after the course. Feedback encourages your own reflection while also helping us to improve the course, so please be active!
The feedback from the last year's course is available here, and we have used it to develop the course further by e.g. clarifying the Case Study instructions and timetable, introducing a separate Case Study Workshop as well as revising the concept for individual assignments.
Feedback during the course
There are three ways to give feedback during the course. Easiest way to give feeback is to talk to Amy, Lauri and/or Marko after the sessions. Alternatively, you can send email to course email address: wat-e2080 (at) aalto.fi. You can also give anonymous feedback box through MyCourses (see below).
Feedback after the course
There are three ways to give feedback after the course. You can give feedback electronically as part of your Peer & Self Assessment as well as through usual Course Feedback through Webropol. In addition, we will have a short feedback and reflection session during the last Contact Session of the course, where you can discuss the course with your group and teachers.
Thank you for your feedback!
Feedback on your course feedback ('vastapalaute')
Thank you once again for the feedback you provided on our course during the last Contact Session as well as through Peer & Self Assessment (on your group work) and more generally on the entire course through the standard Course Feedback Survey in Webropol. Thank you for your answers!
At the end of this page you will find as separate pdf-files both your feedback on the group work as well as the report from Course Feedback Survey: please read them and reflect your peers' views against your own ideas. Also let us know if you have any further questions and comments!
As can be seen from the survey report, the course went generally well with all of the 13 respondents finding the course either very good or excellent (see figure below). Similarly, all of you agreed or strongly agreed that the teaching methods applied in the course supported your learning (see figure below). These are also reflected in your written answers, where the respondents appreciated the continuous and varied learning activities in the course. This all is naturally great news, and shows that we are on the right track: we will thus maintain the main concept for the course also next year.
Yet, there are naturally also many things to consider and improve. The work load, for example, seem to be bit too much, with many of you seeing that the course assignments required slightly or even considerably more time than the allocated 135 hours (on the other hand one respondent who had calculated her/his hours actually used bit less i.e. around 110 hours). This is thus something to address even more carefully in the future, although hopefully the work load estimates and guidelines we presented at the beginning of the course helped you at least a bit regarding that.
There were also good practical suggestions regarding e.g. reading material, possible individual assignments as well as actual presentation sessions (that seem to be difficult to make work well): we will consider all these for next year, thank you for your views! The feedback also shows that different student appreciate different kinds of learning activities (with one respondent e.g. hating preparatory reading circles and another loving them): this does encourage us to keep the variety of activities we have in the course, while reminding us that we must communicate the reason for them even more clearly.
Finally, it was really nice to read your comments on group work (separate file below) and learn that essentially all groups seemed to work well and support your learning. This is indeed critical for the success of your work, and hopefully reminded also you how important it is to clearly agree on the rules and roles for the group work at the beginning of the work - and then also think together at the end of the course how the group work went and what you can learn from the process.
Thank you once again for your feedback - please let us know if you have any questions or comments!
Have a nice spring and stay healthy and corona-free!
Marko, Amy & Lauri
Attached document provides synthesis report of your anonymous course feedback: thank you for your feedback! Kindly also read our feedback on your feedback ('vastapalaute') above.
Attached file summarises the views and feedback you gave on your group work as part of the Peer & Self Assessment.