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…

Using Evidence for Enhancement

Since October, STEER colleagues have been designing and delivering a series of webinars commissioned for QAA Scotland.  These sessions aimed to discuss the current Enhancement Theme which debates the use of ‘evidence for enhancement’.  The national programme of Enhancement Themes, led by the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) and managed by QAA Scotland, aims to improve…

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…

The who, where, what, and when of WP Evaluation

A recent event at the University of Sheffield, facilitated by the Office for Fair Access, asked the question ‘Why Evaluate‘ Widening Participation (WP) activity and, unsurprisingly, generated as many questions as answers. A range of panel discussions, key notes, and workshops attempted to address some of the challenges facing higher education in relation to evidencing…

Meet the Team – Rachael Lee – Work Placement Student

Hello, I am a Level Five Psychology student at Sheffield Hallam University. I am currently on my work placement here with the Directorate of Student Engagement Evaluation and Research (STEER). I have taken on a flexible role within the STEER team. I am currently working on an Academic Misconduct project where I am analysing current resources provided by Sheffield…