The PiP project builds on the work of REAP (Re-Engineering Assessment Practices Project) which was led by the University of Strathclyde and ran from 2005 - 2007. REAP tested models of curriculum re-design based on seven principles of good assessment (see: http://www.reap.ac.uk/resourcesPrinciples.html) in large first year classes at three Scottish universities.
The REAP project was important because it demonstrated that assessment redesign with technology can result in improved learning, higher student satisfaction and more efficient use of staff time. The findings of the project have influenced other universities in the UK and internationally to adopt the principles of assessment and to explore curriculum re-design using assessment as a driver for change.
At the University of Strathclyde, the success of the project led to the adoption of an expanded set of asesssment principles as university policy. The new policy has influenced a number of university-wide initiatives designed to enhance students' experience of assessment and to inform new approaches to curriculum design, including the Feedback is a Dialogue Campaign (http://www.strath.ac.uk/learnteach/feedback/) and the PiP project.
More information about the REAP project can be found at: www.reap.ac.uk.