How might we achieve an academic-student partnership for the university of the future?

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Design Space

Our design space consists of Universities, with a specific focus on Trinity College Dublin. Three main stakeholders were identified: students, lecturers and course coordinators

 

Key Insights

Lack of transparency in communication and timely availability of information hampers the relationship between staff and students - affecting organisation, causing work overload and wasted time

Then you should work on your academic-student partnership!

Key Issue

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Our needfinding discovers that the 4 key themes to problems in the academic-student partnership.

 

These themes are interlinked by trust, and addressing one will affect the others.

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ModuleM is a planning and communication tool that allows easy management of information regarding classes, assignments and all aspects of student learning - strengthening the academic-student partnership and optimising the university experience for everyone.

Main Features

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Lecturers: Visualise students' workloads - at the individual, cohort or subgroup level

Students: Be prepared and know what your expected workload will be ahead of time

Feedback System

Lecturers: Improve your teaching by receiving rapid feedback on your classes and assignments

Students: Have your voice heard - give feedback to help improve lectures and assignments

Progress Tracker

Lecturers: Find out what effort is really being required by your students on your assignment

Students: Understand your learning process and track the time spent on your work

Target Time

Lecturers: Understand what is reasonable to expect from your students

Students: Be clear on what is required to succeed in your studies

Benefits

Students, lecturers and coordinators benefit from planning the module at a programme level at the beginning of the year. It saves time, reduces complaints, relieves stress and motivates students to do better quality work.
 

It impacts student learning with more meaningful assessment, creating a better experience. Lecturers can focus on quality over quantity, avoiding unnecessary duplication - reducing overall staff workload.
 

Lecturers can easily receive feedback from students and make positive changes. Students feel their voices are being heard and will be much happier.
 

ModuleM brings together diverse systems into one single, easy to use platform that allows all users to input, edit and view the information critical to them. Their data, when they need it.

 

ModuleM is the first, significant step towards revolutionising higher education. Building on our platform, additional data can be layered to transform the student and staff experience

ModuleM provides the template to understand and manage student workload accurately. It can also inform how resources are allocated or to make judgement on the effectiveness of current resource deployment. Extra time, teaching support or facilities can be provided in response to real student need.

 

With knowledge of what the students are being asked to do, and the level of effort required, programme coordinators can assign learning outcomes or skills development to these efforts. Individual students can combine this information with their own attainment/grades to form a realistic picture of their own skills profile at any point in their studies.

Accreditation and quality review processes typically require huge effort in collating, processing and presenting data about processes, inputs, outputs, learning objectives, student feedback etc. ModuleM already captures much of this data, reducing the effort required during accreditation or quality review processes

The typical student experience of assessment today is one that emerges bottom-up from the individual elements in each module. ModuleM will allow co-ordinators to design assessment from a programme level - ensuring that valuable time and effort (for both staff and students ) is most efficiently allocated.

 

With education become more international, more flexible and more modular, the prior knowledge of students in any one module can vary hugely. ModuleM would allow individual student's profiles to be rapidly and accurately developed in terms of their prior learning. Unnecessary repetition can be avoided, freeing student time without sacrificing overall programme outcomes - every student would have their own personalised education experience.

 

Our Team

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Amanda Kubo
Design - USP
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Eoghan Killalea
Mechanical Eng. - TCD
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Caio Hudson
Electrical Eng. - USP
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Harry Lo
Mechanical Eng. - TCD
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Cian Wallnut 
Eletronics Eng. - TCD
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Liang Shen
Molecular Sciences - USP
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Eve Gleeson
Mechanical Eng. - TCD
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Marcus Vinícius
Mechatronics Eng. - USP
 
Get in touch!

Innovation & Product Development Team 19/20
Trinity College Dublin & Universidade de São Paulo

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