Veterinary Medical Education Division

Assessment and feedback

Feedback (and related assessment) has been an area of research and development activity since the division was established.

We are particularly interested in supporting students’ development as assessors themselves through feedback and engagement in ‘assessment literacy’ activities. Our funded research has included investigation of technological approaches to enhancing assessment and feedback – such as audio-feedback, the use of tools such as PeerWise to engage students in the activity of question generation and adaptive comparative judgement.   Team members are also actively researching the evolution of the OSCE assessment format and peer assessment. We are also involved in national level assessment sharing and assessment development projects.

Selected projects

  • Feedback on Feedback: Exploring and Developing Student Feedback in Veterinary Medical Education
  • Mismatched Expectations: Bridging The Feedback Gap
  • Personalising feedback: the audio way.
  • Building an Assessment Community of Practice: Students as Co-creators and Standard-setters.
  • An open-source early warning system and workshop for students at risk of failing
  • Ask, answer, assess: Peer learning from student-generated content.

Key staff members

  • Susan Rhind
  • Kirsty Hughes
  • Jill MacKay
  • Caroline Mosley
  • Jessie Paterson

Selected outputs

Hughes, K., McCune, V. and Rhind, SM.   Academic feedback in veterinary medicine: a comparison of school leaver and graduate entry cohorts. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Educations 2011, 1–16

Rhind, S. M. & Pettigrew, G. W. (2012) Peer Generation of Multiple Choice Questions: Student Engagement and Experiences. In : Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 39, 4, 375. Rhind, S. M., Pettigrew, G. W., Spiller, J. & Pearson, G. (2013) Student Experiences with Audio Feedback in a Veterinary Curriculum. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 40, 1, p. 12

Rhind SM, Paterson J. Assessment Literacy: Definition, Implementation, and Implications. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 42(1):28-35, 2015.

Adaptive Comparative Judgement: A Tool to Support Students’ Assessment Literacy. Rhind, S., Hughes, K., Yool, D., Shaw, D., Kerr, W. & Reed, N. 13 Sep 2016 In : Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

Read, E, Bell, C, Rhind, S & Hecker, K 2015, 'The use of global rating scales for OSCEs in veterinary medicine' PLoS One, vol 10, no. 3, e0121000. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121000 A Guide to Assessment in Veterinary Medicine: 2nd Edition. Baillie, S., Warman, S. M. & Rhind, S. M. 30 Sep 2014 2 ed. Online: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (Edinburgh) & School of Veterinary Sciences (Bristol)