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

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.

      Compare and choose technologies
    • 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.
    • [Comparison page Karen is working on]

    Setting

    Set up your assessment.

    Good practice expectations at UCL include:

      Advance explanation of criteria

    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.
      Check your instructions from a student point of view

    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).
      To monitor or view submissions
    • 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 access and use them - that needs active management.

    Good practice expectations at UCL:

      A consistent feedback template

    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.

      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.

    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.

    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.

    Further information

    Digital Education miniguides on assessment technologies:

    Educational guidance:

    UCL policy and regulations




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