MOCKFORD, C., 1995. The development and application of an analytical tool for student appraisal of design folio work. IDATER 1995 Conference, Loughborough University
This paper reports a small scale investigation and evaluation concerning the use of an
analytical tool that has been developed as a part of an assessment framework for design projects.
The system was intended to allow students to assess a number of dimensions that can be
identified in design folio work. The key objective of this work was to support and encourage
student learning during assessment. As a result of using this tool students were actively engaged
in the process of assessment and exposed to a wider learning experience.
Students used the system to examine and appraise their own design work and that of their
peers. As a result of this exposure it was intended that students would develop the skills of
observation and critical reflection concerning different approaches to designing. The wider
objective was to develop in students a more communicative, productive and mature personal
style of designing.
This paper will focus on two main elements of the work: the range and diversity of dimensional
assessments made by students; student response to the use of this appraisal tool in the context
of learning about the practical activity of designing.