Case studies


See also selected case studies grouped by discipline.

Creative approaches

Problem based learning

Blended approaches to support face-to-face teaching

Assessment and feedback

  • Assessment activity in the VLE – A short overview of two departments who used Yorkshare for formative and summative assessments.
  • Screencast commentary for formative feedback – Use of video for personalised, focused and efficient feedback to students.
  • Students in the feedback loop – The Department of Language and linguistics wanted to develop the core skills of Year 1 students by creating opportunities for dialogic feedback both via electronic and face-to-face communication.
  • VLE Exam – The Education department reflect on their experiences of using VLE Exam for controlled summative assessment.

Preparation for face-to-face learning

Programme approaches

  • Supporting module choices through the VLE – A programme approach for incoming first year undergraduates to choose modules before they arrive at university.
  • Online support for dissertations – A VLE site that was created for History undergraduates to use from the end of their second year right through until submission of the dissertation in their third year.

Supporting distance learning

Facilitating blended synchronous learning

Facilitating In-Class Engagement

Group work & collaboration

  • Google tools for group work – The York Management School encouraged the use of collaborative Google and VLE tools for the group projects on their core, second year Business Planning module. Formative assessment was also marked within the VLE, with three different types of online feedback being provided.
  • Support ‘time on task’ and deeper learning – Students working collaboratively to create a shared resource for the whole class.
  • Sharing images & supporting student collaboration – Students completed two assignments within the VLE, one on accessing and commenting on images and another to create a collaborative wiki in groups to present in class.
  • Collaborative data-driven activities – Independent learning was combined with collaborative activities, building group working skills and reducing anxieties about developing analytic skills. Activities were designed to address skills in working with data sets, including identification, analysis, and provision of peer feedback, which in turn led to greater understanding of the subject.
  • Short case study: collaborative study using VLE tools – An overview of two departments who used blogs and wikis to facilitate collaborative student work in Yorkshare.
  • Short case study: discussion forums for group work – An overview of a Biology module that set up group discussion boards as part of assessed group work.

Evaluation approaches

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