Lessons in measuring ‘learning gain’: One size fits none

Adopting a single sector-wide measure to capture ‘learning gain’ – the university student development journey from fresher to graduate – lacks validity according to research conducted by academics at Sheffield Hallam University. Researchers in the directorate of Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research, were asked by the Office for Students to carry out an Evaluation of…

Student Researcher Reflections: Learning about Learning Gain

Adam Weston |Student Researcher |MSc Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience student. For the past seven months I have been working as a Student Researcher in the Directorate of Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (STEER), whilst reading for a Master’s degree at Sheffield Hallam University. I began my role in September 2018, with my job share John Adesola, under…

Exploring the utility of learning gain internally and across the sector

The most recent definition of learning gain offered is “a change in knowledge, skills, work readiness and personal development, as well as enhancement of specific practices and outcomes in defined disciplinary and institutional contexts” (Kandiko Howson 2018: 7) Sheffield Hallam University in committed to exploring the concept of learning gain across the institution and with…