Student guide.

Teaching and Assessment

The primary relationship in each Live Project is between the student groups and their clients. The project’s scope, aims and outcomes are, in the main, determined by the students in collaboration with their clients, hence the term ‘student-led’. This changes the nature of the teaching that staff offer, shifting from the directive role of ‘tutor’ to the more advisory role of ‘mentor’.

Sheffield offers a high level of support for this student leadership in the form of workshops on communication skills, brief building and participatory techniques. Emphasis is also placed upon the management of a project team, group working and the complexity of dealing with multi-headed client organisations, examined through stakeholder mapping at the beginning of each project.

Live Projects help students to work collaboratively rather than in competition and so are assessed as group projects. Assessment is primarily based upon a public presentation and reflective group reviews but is also affected by mentor and client feedback. The public presentation is a lively event, open to the whole school and to clients and often in a public venue. The focus for these presentations are the outcomes of the project whereas the focus on the reflective reviews are on the processes of the project and the learning experiences of the students involved. In this way all aspects of a Live Project is valued and assessed and despite the large range of outcomes across projects a parity of marks can be achieved.

For fifth years, a 10-credit management module is associated with their Live Project, where each student is asked to reflect critically upon their experience, the management of their project and upon the relevance of their learning for future practice.

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