The TEAM project: Insights from investigating and enhancing assessment in science and health practical sessions with digital technologies.


  • Ronan T. Bree Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Olya Antropova Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Edel Healy Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Moira Maguire Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Caroline McGee Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Don Faller Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Nuala Harding Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Anne Mulvihill Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Dina Brazil Institute of Technology Carlow
  • David Dowling Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Yvonne Kavanagh Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Gina Noonan Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Akinlolu Akande Institute of Technology Sligo
  • David Doyle Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Niamh Plunkett Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Jeremy Bird Institute of Technology Sligo


Assessment, Digital, Employability skills, Feedback, Practical, TEAM, Technology


In Higher Education, science and health degree programmes involve significant practical elements.  In many cases, students spend as much time in practical or clinical skill sessions each week as they do in classroom based lectures.  These hands-on sessions engage students, develop both soft and technical skills, while allowing theory to be put into practice.  However, in many cases, the design, assessment and feedback aspects of practical sessions has not received the attention warranted, with traditional approaches often persisting. This paper discusses a nationally funded, multi-institution enhancement project focused on implementing and evaluating digital technologies to enhance assessment in science and health practical sessions.  Via an initial baseline analysis, four thematic areas were identified for pilot development: [1] Pre-practical videos combined with online/app quizzes, [2] Electronic lab notebooks, [3] Digital Feedback and [4] Rubrics.  In collaboration with student partner groups, employers and academic staff, the TEAM (Technology Enhanced Assessment Methods) project designed and implemented 42 pilots in practical sessions across the four partner colleges, engaging almost 1,600 students.  In this paper, the key lessons identified during the baseline analysis which informed the project, as well as those from the subsequent survey and focus group evaluation of participants’ pilot experiences, will be presented.  Overall, the implementation of TEAM has represented a major success across the partner colleges, providing a strong foundation for continuous, iterative improvements in this field.


Author Biography

Ronan T. Bree, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Department:  Department of Applied Sciences, DkIT

Rank:  Lecturer

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