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IPAC is the methodology to assess group work where an element of 'individual peer assessed contribution' is combined with the group mark to provide individual marks. It is used to address concern about the fairness of group assessment, which can consequently damage the student's experience during the module. The aim of this methodology is to provide student's with an individual mark that is based on their contribution, rather than all members getting the same group mark. It is hoped this will promote student engagement and tackle associated problems.
For more details, this page highlights how this works: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/engineering/ipac/help/methodology/methodology.html
In practice, it is very easy to run the IPAC methodology using the IPAC tool available at UCL. For staff, the tool saves lots of admin time, allows customization and is highly transparent. For students, the tool just appears within their Moodle course as any other activity.
Tutors add an IPAC activity to Moodle as you would add others in the standard way. The list of students can be synchronised from Moodle to the IPAC tool.
When the sync user enrolments link is clicked by the tutor (manually), changes in the Moodle course's student enrolment are reflected in IPAC: adding, removing and updating students as required.
When the sync grades from IPAC link is clicked by the tutor (manually) , changes to the grades in IPAC are reflected in Moodle. Grades for peer assessments completed in the linked IPAC activity are synchronised back into the Moodle Gradebook.
Course administrators and tutors can add a link to the IPAC Tool as an external tool to their Moodle courses.
Ensure that you have appropriate access to the Moodle course page and the IPAC Tool. Please check the 'Getting started' guide available at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/engineering/ipac/help/start/start.html.
Create a grouping in your Moodle course with all the “groups” that you want to use such that these can be synchronised with the IPAC activity (guidance on how to create groups and groupings is available at https://wiki.ucl.ac.uk/x/Xx88AQ).
The UCL e-Learning baseline suggests the following for orientation :
Provide an indicator of effort (such as timings or page counts) for all compulsory tasks
Link to instructions for any e-learning tools that students are expected to use.
For student active participation it is suggested that:
Be sure to carefully review the detailed summary that is provided to ensure you are happy with the outcome of this synchronisation. The following important points should be considered:
Only basic accessibility checks have been carried on, with no critical findings.
Full accessibility check will be performed and any issues found will be highlighted here. In the meantime, if you encounter any accessibility issues with this tool, please report them to IPACsupport@ucl.ac.uk.
For frequently asked questions, please check the IPAC documentation FQAs at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/engineering/ipac/help/FQA/FQA.html.
This guide was partly adapted from the IPAC documentation, which contains full details and training videos about the IPAC methodology and IPAC tool.
Please visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/engineering/ipac/help/index.html for further information.
Licenced Product Warning
Please note that the IPAC tool is a licenced product.
If you wish to use to use the IPAC system outside UCL, your institution must purchase an official license via the UCL XIP platform (https://xip.uclb.com/).
For information and contact details please send a request to IPACsupport@ucl.ac.uk.