Revel has been used on this module for one academic year and was implemented by the module leader Dr Carrie Rutherford as a tool to support student engagement.
The students on the course are full-time, postgraduates with a large proportion of them being international, with English as a second or other language.
Dr Rutherford has found that trying to read and digest both the recommended texts and the lecture slides can be a challenge for these students. An additional challenge for many of these international students is that this course is encouraging them to be creative, curious and develop their own interest in a topic; an approach to learning with which they are less familiar.
The key findings from this research were:
- Revel participation and engagement levels were high. We found that Revel has the potential to engage students across all levels.
- Dividing students into 3 levels of attainment we found that more students engaged in the lower two tiers: 56% of students with module grades below 80, versus 51% of the top tier students with grades above 80.
- Students who might be classed as ‘struggling’ spent a longer than average time on early assignments,
which indicates a good level of engagement.
- In the Autumn session, 13% of students accessed Revel weeks after the module ended: the resource continued to be valuable to them in the follow-on module.
- Average time spent per assignment ranged from 24 – 68 minutes and students appear to have been motivated by the number of marks available.
“The students were very happy to get started on Revel, downloading the app. I think they liked the idea of Revel: they feel that we’ve supported them as a business school.”
– Dr Carrie Rutherford, Module Leader, London South Bank University