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This page signposts you to information about using technologies at each stage of assessment and feedback.

The stages of assessment

The tabs give a summary of each stage and links to further information.

    Design a task which will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning. Plan what students will do, how you will collect the submissions, and how assessors will give marks and feedback. Familiarity with the available technologies helps to expand the possibilities at this stage.

    • For open ended work e.g. essays, compare platforms at UCL and author the assessment criteria.
    • For tests, familiarise yourself with the Quiz question types, then author the questions and feedback.
    • For multimodal assessment consider MyPortfolio as a site for the work; Moodle Assignment is a good place to collect links to the work, give feedback and marks.
    • Would you like to try out Moodle Assignment and Turnitin Assignment, from assessor, student and administrator point of view?


    Set up your assessment.

    Please don't put all your department's assignment links in a single Moodle page or space, but instead put them in the spaces for their respective modules. Here are the reasons.

    Good practice expectations at UCL include:

    Departments ensure that they have built into every module or seminar series at least two weeks before the first assignment is due, at least one session in which the marking criteria for that module are explained in detail to students in a forum where they have an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification if required.

    UCL assessment platforms offer alternatives for this:

    To help students understand the criteria, see the UCL Arena Quickguide on guided marking.

    Familiarise yourself with how your instructions display to students so that you can anticipate questions and misunderstandings.

    If students have queries, encourage them to post where fellow students can see your responses. A Moodle forum with student names hidden is one good place for this.

    Let students know about the generic guidance we provide about submitting their work. Our student guidance includes Moodle Assignment, Turnitin Assignment and Moodle Quiz.

    Students follow the instructions staff give them (Digital Recommend using our guides as far as possible).
    • Moodle Assignment displays all submissions, which you can filter.
    • As does Turnitin Assignment.
    • Moodle Workshop displays its Planner showing which students have submitted and marked.
    • Moodle Quiz Results show which students have completed the test; Statistics gives a fine-grained report of achievement.

    Where students have not submitted you can contact them (even where anonymous) via the activity's Participation Report, which gives the opportunity to filter and email students (except Moodle Workshop).

    Note that entering marks and feedback is not the same as students being able to use them. Students needs support and guidance with accessing and making sense of their feedback.

    Good practice expectations at UCL:

    Departments are expected to agree a consistent student feedback template for any given assignment which makes appropriate reference to the marking criteria and explains to students how they can improve their work in future.

    UCL assessment platforms offer alternatives for this:

    Depending on the technology you are using, there is a range of ways to give feedback.

    For essays and open ended work:

    For tests:

    • If using Quiz, feedback you specify for each option, question and/or grade band.

    Marks and feedback are recorded in the Moodle Gradebook as they are entered or calculated. Assignments can be weighted in the Gradebook, which can calculate a final mark.

    Transferring marks from the Moodle Gradebook into Portico can be a semi-automated process if you use Excel's VLOOKUP formula.

    Before each new intake of students you will need to reset your Moodle space but you may not need to worry about keeping your own records of submissions since staff and students have access to each annual snapshot.

    How do I get my marks from Moodle to Portico?

    Step 1: Finalise your module's Gradebook

    You can access the Gradebook under the Administration block in your course. Simply click Gradebook or Gradebook Setup.

    Check to make sure your course total is calculated correctly, if you wish to use Moodle's calculation. If the course total looks wrong, check your weightings.

    Step 2: Export your module's Gradebook

    1. From the Gradebook page, click the Export tab and then the Excel Spreadsheet sub-tab
    2. Select the specific grade items you wish to export. Possible grade items include Turnitin assignments, Moodle assignments, and the course total. At the end of the list of grade items there is an option to select all/none.
    3. Click download to generate a spreadsheet of the Gradebook.

    The main student identifier that Moodle uses is the Portico Student Number. Please note. To ensure the anonymity of student submissions, Moodle does not store the student's candidate number.

    Step 3: Transfer marks from your Gradebook spreadsheet to a Portico spreadsheet

    To quickly move marks from a Moodle Gradebook spreadsheet to a Portico spreadsheet, whilst minimising errors, you may find it useful to use Excel's VLOOKUP formula. This process is explained in the Portico team's importing by module support guide.

    As of November 2020, the common identifier for students in a Moodle Gradebook spreadsheet and the Portico A26 spreadsheet is the student number.

    Step 4: Upload Portico spreadsheet to Portico

    Please see the Portico team's guides and training on importing marks into Portico.

    Always notify students when their marks and feedback are released.

    Moodle Assignment - you release marks and feedback when you're ready.

    Turnitin Assignment - you set a Post Date at the Setting stage; marks and feedback are automatically release then.

    Quiz - you can either specify when the marks and feedback should be released, or release them when you're ready.

    Moodle Workshop - you release peer marks and feedback to students when you're ready.

    Moodle MyFeedback brings together each year's marks and feedback in one place. This allows students to look at their own progress and make reflective notes for themselves. It also allows personal tutors and certain staff roles to see an overview of students' progress and encourage them to engage with their feedback. Moodle MyFeedback indicates the most recent date students looked at their feedback, while Turnitin indicates the first date.

    In Quiz, consult the Quiz Statistics Report for insights into the relative ease of questions and how discriminating each is.

    Reflecting on the assessment process itself, staff may wish to consider whether the task was well conceived and whether instructions were optimal i.e. did they display where needed, and did the most important aspects stand out. Make refinements as needed.

    Also see: 

    Further information

    Digital Education miniguides on assessment technologies:

    Educational guidance:

    UCL policy and regulations