Educators and Learners Co-Creation of Exercises and Question Bank
Co-creation with learners improves their engagement and also provides powerful feedback to educators on how to morph the curriculum design in future. It is one of the key embedded features in our Queen Mary Education Approach  and has been proven effective in UK higher education .
One of the recurring questions from our students in Transnational Educational (TNE) is the request for exercises and exam-style practice papers with suggested solutions. While there is a rich library of past exam papers, many of our students rely on the recitation of materials and even suggested solutions at the approach of exams, rather than taking the past exam papers as useful learning resources.
In this project, we experiment with the idea of asking the students to write their own exercises or even a simulated exam paper under the guidance of the lecturers. Through the process, the students will enhance their understanding of the lecture material to a level that they can draft exercises, and then try to answer questions drafted by their fellow classmates. This requires much more active learning and thinking than working on an existing paper. At the end of the activity, the questions co-created by students will form a question bank valuable to current and prospective students.
1. Co-creation: educators and learners as change makers. https://www.qmul.ac.uk/queenmaryacademy/students/co-creation/
2. Teaching and Learning Conference 2019: A co-creation approach to strategic enhancement of assessment and feedback in Nursing and Midwifery. https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/teaching-and-learning-conference-2019-co-creation-approach-strategic-enhancement-0
Presentation at RAISE 2023 (6th September)
Dr Matthew Tang presented the project and reported on first-year evaluation results at RAISE Conference 2023 at the University of Leeds. The talk was well attended by in-person as well as online audience.
The slides for the talk can be downloaded here at RAISE23_MTANG-QMUL.pdf [PDF 2,826KB].
Project Update - First Workshop (March 2023)
Two sessions of our first workshop, which aims to introduce the project and discuss the skills in writing good exam-style questions, were held on the BUPT campus (Beijing) on March 2023. The students engaged in the workshop and had their first taste of taking the role of a lecturer. The sessions were well received by the students and they are looking forward to having the first assessment.