Threshold Standard: Assessments and feedback are clearly presented

 

Assessment and Feedback: Introduction

Students expect assessment briefs and grading criteria to be readily available for all assessments, and have immediate and flexible access to feedback and marks when they are released. To achieve this:

  1. Provide the assessment criteria and arrangements for coursework submission at the start of the module
  2. Articulate how, when and in what format students can expect to receive feedback on their work
  3. Ensure submission points are correctly set up in Blackboard for coursework assessments
  4. Use Grade Centre to publish provisional marks to students
  5. Provide feedback on each coursework assessment task to students through Blackboard

Assessment and Feedback 1. Provide the assessment criteria and arrangements for coursework submission at the start of the module

Information about the assessments for the module, including a rationale, briefs and marking criteria, should be available to the students when the module commences. Doing this will enable students to plan their workloads more effectively and will also assist them in identifying where past feedback is relevant to future assessments. Additionally, it will allow them to identify connections and similarities between assessments, enabling them to plan personal development to improve their work.

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Assessment and Feedback 2. Articulate how, when and in what format students can expect to receive feedback on their work

The Assessments area of your site should be used to provide students with information on assignments and tests which are to be completed either online or as physical submissions. This information should include how the students will receive feedback on their work, and when they should receive their feedback (the University has a 3 week feedback turnaround policy). For example, if an assignment is to be submitted as a physical copy but with feedback and grades being provided online by a certain date, students should be told of this through information in the Assessments area of your site.

If you already use the Assessment Scheduler/Diary to inform students of key dates for submissions and feedback, it is recommended that you provide a link to it within the Assessments area of your site. Doing this means that all the information students need in order to undertake an assignment can be found in one location, and ensures the date information is accurate.

Assessment and Feedback 3. Ensure submission points are correctly set up in Blackboard for coursework assessments

Please ensure that submission points in Blackboard accurately reflect the assessment information to which they relate and correct any discrepancies as soon as possible. Starting in 2017/18 academic year, many assessment submission points will be created automatically based on assessment data in SITS, including ones for most coursework submitted online or at a helpdesk. Some special types of online coursework like test, blogs, wikis and PebblePad submissions cannot be set up automatically and you will need to set those up yourself (as well as any assessments where the data was not inputted into SITS ahead of the automatic creation). You should double-check that the due dates are correct for automatically created assessment items, and ensure that any assessment briefs and necessary attachments are included in them too.

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Assessment and Feedback 4. Use Grade Centre to publish provisional marks to students

Whether you have asked students to submit assignments electronically through Blackboard or as physical copies (or a combination of both methods), using Grade Centre allows you to return marks (and optionally feedback) to your students. This allows you and your students to keep track of their grades and feedback online, and allows the student to discuss their progress with their academic adviser before the end of the module.

A Grade Centre column is created automatically for some Blackboard tools such as tests and assignments when they are set up. In addition, standard Grade Centre columns will be set up for exams automatically from 2017/18 academic year. You can add new columns as needed. It is recommended that Grade Centre is used to consolidate the provisional marks of all assessments in order for students to be able to review their progress on the module throughout the year.

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Assessment and Feedback 5. Provide feedback on each coursework assessment task to students through Blackboard

Having a record of all feedback in a single, known place is important to students as it makes it easier to refer to and so helps them compare between assessments and 'feed forward' your comments to enhance their learning and future performance. While feedback is increasingly being created and shared eletronically through Blackboard, there is still a significant amount of feedback that is delivered in other ways, such as group feedback at the start of a session, as an oral critique, or a one-to-one discussion. An electronic record of this type of feedback should also be made available to students, either in part or as a summary, such as by creating an audio recording of the feedback and attaching it to the student's submission. If feedback is being made available electronically through another tool such as PebblePad or Google Docs, be sure to indicate this to students in the Blackboard site.
 
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