TEAMMATES: Improving the Student and Staff Group Assessment Experience

  • Amy E. Patten Aston University
Keywords: Group work, Group assessment, Peer-assessment, Self-assessment, Digital technology, TEAMMATES


Groupwork is an essential transferable skill, which is beneficial to student development beyond their academic studies and into their future employment. However, for a variety of reasons, the assessment of groupwork is often a contentious issue for many students. As such, establishing effective methods to improve this situation is crucial. The aim of this preliminary study was to implement the TEAMMATES evaluation and feedback system to enhance the group assessment experience for students and staff within the Engineering and Applied Sciences Foundation Year Programme (EAS FYP) at Aston University. This paper describes the successful integration of TEAMMATES into the EAS FYP and shares the experiences of the linked staff and students.


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Author Biography

Amy E. Patten, Aston University

Dr Amy Patten is a Teaching Fellow within the Engineering and Applied Sciences Foundation Year Programme at Aston University and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Amy has taught within Higher Education for several years and is passionate about exploring innovative teaching practices to enhance student learning. Amy has been instrumental in the introduction of a number of novel teaching practices and policies to the wider Foundation Programme at Aston University.