Reflective practice
Peer review
Students learn a great deal by looking at, and making judgements upon, the work of others in their peer group. Using peer review strategies, students can learn to reflect on their own work, self-edit, listen to their peers, assist others with constructive feedback and understand where their work sits within the broader framework of the year group’s achievement. We facilitate this using a number of different settings:

• During the project cycle, small or large group tutorials are held and student contributions to the discussion encouraged.

• At the end of a project, work is submitted both in hard copy and digital format. Hard copy work is discussed with each individual at a traditional ‘crit’, with a small group of other students present, but in this context they may only get to see the work of a small number of their peers. In order to overcome this, the digital files are uploaded to a Flickr account, which allows all students to view the work of the whole group. Guidance may be given by tutors on which projects would be particularly valuable to look at as good examples.

• Online tools can also help to broaden the concept of ‘peers’. Students are encouraged to interact with each others’ blogs and also those of designers and design forums, not just as observers but as participants posting their own comments and feedback.

Tutorial presentations
3rd year work is assessed in physical form and through digital presentation
link to form fifty-five, design blog
link to the dieline, packaging blog
link to design is kinky, design blog
Assessment via digital presentation
Design forums are an accessible way for students to interact with the industry