Student Feedback

Josh and Tom - Geocaching in the Cairngorms
(GEG4204 - Fieldwork in Physical Geography & Environmental Science)

Feedback Josh and Tom

Josh and Tom set up 6 geocaches up for first year field trip students.
This was an activity rather than a tangible resource.

Emma - Physics glossary

Feedback from Emma
My project was aimed at first year physicists to give them the knowledge they'd need to understand the new content they'd be learning throughout the year. I created a glossary of terms and symbols and categorised it by module so that the students would be able to easily search for anything that they hadn't understood in their lectures, homeworks or tutorials. This resource definitely meets my aim.

I learnt a lot about physics while building this glossary as I needed to make sure every definition I posted was of a high standard, suitable for university students. I also figured out how to effectively manage my time and prioritise tasks. This resource was created in a wiki-esque style so that future generations of students can continue to add necessary definitions and learn by teaching, a skill which I personally think is invaluable. Link to module page with resources:

Aisha Hassen (MA) and Kaoutar (3rd Year) - What can I do with my Engineering and Material Science Degree?

Feedback from Aisha
We created a video to address the question; what a degree from the school of engineering and materials science can lead to. We initially wanted to do a series of videos covering several aspects of the degree but due to limited responses, only one video was made. However the video captured a few aspects we wanted to cover.

I have gained a brand new skill in learning how to film and edit a video, something I think will be very useful to me. I think if we had managed our time more wisely more could have been done, but I am still happy with the outcome as we have addressed the 'need' we establishedVideo link:

Deniz (1st Year) and Wesleigh (2nd Year) - Years 1-2 bridging resource (DEN5108 - Dynamic Models of Engineering Systems)

Feedback from Deniz
Q1 What need did the project hope to address? We hoped to create a learning resource that would aid students transitioning from first year to second year Dynamics. It would help remind them and develop the skills that they gained in first year that they would need in second year. So it also introduces second year theory and the nature of questions that students could expect to face. In other words we hoped it would 'bridge the gap' and make moving onto second year less of an academic jump.

Q2 What resource (s) were created? ‚ÄčA PowerPoint presentation was created as we thought that this would allow us to make delivering the material more interactive and engaging; many features have been made use of in the presentation to make navigation easy – such as buttons, hyperlinks and custom animations. The resource has a general theme and structure to it – where applicable the slides are divided into first year and second year to encourage direct comparison between theory, example questions with solutions and practise questions for each subtopic.

Q3 What skills do you think you have gained from taking part? Initially, I tried to ensure that everyone within the group knew their roles and were going about completing them without any problems – for this I had to maintain team dynamics and motivation. Briefing each other about what we had completed and what needed completing, helped us reflect on the whole project and developed our sense of time management – as we had set ourselves dates on which we wanted to finish particular parts of the presentation, and I had other jobs to do on campus so had to organise my time wisely. I had deliberately chosen to do a project related to the Dynamics module we were taught in first year, as it was the module that I found most difficult to get my head around. But spending the summer dealing with the theory and questions for some Dynamics topics helped act as a refresher and cleared up some confusions I had, as well as enabling me to learn about what to expect in second year Dynamics early on.

Deniz (1st Year) and Wesleigh (2nd Year) - Years 1-2 bridging resource (DEN5108 - Dynamic Models of Engineering Systems)

Feedback from Wesleigh
The aim of this project was to create a resource which would help student make the transition between year 1 and year 2 dynamics (DN4108 to DEN5108), as this  is something that some student can struggle with. The second year module follows on from the first year module bay adding extra layers of complexity, as less and less assumptions are made. As a result new, more complex methods have to be learnt, which can baffle students if they fail to make the connection to the first year content.

To help the students a PowerPoint was created which included interactive buttons, while aiming to convey the subtle, but important jumps between the first and second year, by comparing the 2 side by side through both theory and examples. On top of this, resources from other sources where provided (links and page numbers) to give the student as many different ways to approaches to the new topic material.

Further to this we have created a resource that future year groups can pick up and continue to develop (with lectures) by adding more resources (multimedia resource like YouTube clips created by current students to take specific problem areas for that cohort)

While creating this resource I learnt how to communicate with the lectures involved (trying to gage what they wanted, with what the students needed), how to create a clear, understandable, and engaging document. As well as this during the creation of this document I also gained a great understanding of the subtlest of the subject.

Staff Feedback

Dr Matthew Huntbach highlighting the project benefits to the wider cohort

Joane and Ben are both second year EECS students that took the ECS510U - Algorithms and Data Structures in an Object-Oriented Framework module delivered by Dr Matthew Huntbach. As part of the Students as producers project they identified two ways in which they could make Dr Huntbach's notes easier to navigate. They did this using the Moodle Book and Glossary tools. Link to module page with resources: