The Supporting Transition: Enhancing Feedback in First Year Using Digital Technologies or for short Y1Feedback project is funded by Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning as part of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement 2014 fund (Building Digital Capacity in Irish Higher Education).

The Y1Feedback project is a collaborative project between Maynooth University (Project lead), Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin City University and Dundalk Institute of Technology.


The Y1Feedback project seeks to enhance feedback dialogue in first year undergraduate programmes to support student transition by using digital technologies.

The aim of the Y1Feedback project is to develop and pilot technology enhanced feedback approaches to facilitate teacher feedback and feed-forward and peer-feedback specifically aimed at large first year undergraduate classes to support student transition.

The Y1Feedback project is a two year project (January 2015 to December 2016) and consists of three main phases;

  1. Phase one will review existing feedback practices in first year undergraduate programmes across the four partner institutions and provide a synthesis of the literature in relation to technology supported feedback in first year.
  2. Phase two will pilot a range of teacher feedback, feed-forward and peer review approaches and technologies across partner institutions.
  3. Phase three will focus on the dissemination of the project and outputs.

Phase 1 - Y1Feedback

Phase One (Year 1)

  • Current Practice Review Report
  • Synthesis of Literature
  • Features of Effective Feedback for First Year
  • Technology Enhanced Feedback Approaches
  • Plan Pilot Case Studies

Phase 2 - Y1Feedback

Phase 2 (Year 2)

  • Implement Pilot Case Studies

Phase 3 - Y1Feedback

Phase 3 (Year 2)

  • Develop Case Study Reports and Video Stories
  • Host a National Symposium on Enhancing Feedback Approaches in First Year

Project Partners

Y1 Feedback Partner - Maynooth College
Y1 Feedback Partner AIT
Y1 Feedback Partner - DCU
Y1 Feedback Partner Dunalk IT