The Bank of Assessed Work is a Canvas course (university’s IVLE) open to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and teaching staff in the College. The main section is a collection of anonymised essay and exam answers with feedback. These are real examples of work with strengths and things to be improved. There are also writing materials with interactive exercises and a small sample of non-written forms of assessment (e.g. presentations).
The Bank was set up in 2013 to encourage students to engage more with marking criteria and to improve their writing through peer assessment. It is also a useful tool for teaching.
The Bank is available 24/7 on and off campus and is an invaluable source of support when an essay deadline is looming or when students are faced with a new type of assessment (e.g. literature review).
The Bank also hyperlinks to other sources of support, e.g. the Academic Writing Advisory Service and the Academic Skills Centre.
A few statistics
This resource is used by nearly 7000 students and over 500 members of staff.
717 pieces of written work are now live.
All departments are represented at undergraduate level and good progress is being made at widening the postgraduate taught content.
The 4 other Colleges at UoB have now created similar resources.
This resource encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and to help their peers through giving permission themselves, which more and more are doing as the project continues.
Want to know more?
Watch this Bank promotional film aimed at applicants and first years.