SCROLLA Symposium: Assessment Futures 16 June 2004
Web-Based Assessment of Student Progress Files
Dr Neil Challis and Dr Jeff Waldock, Sheffield Hallam University
This talk will describe how all students on the Mathematics Degree Programme at Sheffield
Hallam University complete a regular online, reflective learning log. They also create an
electronic archive of their work. This provides the main features of a progress file: a personal
record and a reflective PDP element. The features are fully integrated into the academic
studies of the course, and carry some credit. Staff feel they may be detecting some increased
sophistication in comments as students progress through the course. Students say the process
helps them to organise themselves. The online nature of the log provides an immediate
communication and feedback channel from staff to students, and indeed from students to
Relevant papers and website links
About the talk
Challis N, Gretton H and Waldock J (2003) “Web-Based Assessment of Student Progress
Files” in CAA in Mathematics [online], LTSN Maths, Stats & OR: Birmingham, last
accessed 15 December 2003 at URL
Waldock J ,Gretton H and Challis N (2002) “Using the Web to Enhance Student Learning”,
Proc 2nd International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics, University of
Crete, Hersonissos, (accessed 31 January 2004)
Waldock J, Gretton H (2002) “Progress Files in Mathematics at SHU”, PADSHE Conference
“Making Transition Work”, Nottingham, June 10, 2002.
Baume D (2001) Assessment: A Briefing on Assessment of Portfolios, LTSN Generic Centre
Assessment Series, LTSN Generic Centre
Baume D (2000) Dialogues: Assessment. Educational Developments. 1(3)
Challis N, Houston S K and Stirling D S G (2004), Supporting Good Practice in Assessment
in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research: Briefings, Guide for Heads of
Departments, Guide for Lecturers, LTSN Maths, Stats & OR: Birmingham, to appear
Learning and Teaching Support Network Generic Centre (LTSN Generic Centre) (2003(a))
http://www.ltsn.ac.uk/genericcentre/index.asp?id=17577 (accessed 28 August 2003).
Learning and Teaching Support Network Generic Centre (LTSN Generic Centre) (2003(b))
=generic&id=231 (accessed 28 August 2003).
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) (2003) (accessed 28 August 2003)
[online] http://www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/progfileHE/contents.htm .
Neil Challis is Head of Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University. He is interested in the
ways in which mathematics is taught, learned and assessed, and particularly in the impact of
technology upon those, and has published a number of articles about these topics.
Jeff Waldock is a lecturer in Mathematics, also at Sheffield Hallam University, and is
interested in the development of on-line systems to support student learning (amongst other