Overview

This guidance will give you an overview of assessment practice, ideas for assessment, and tools at Falmouth.


Contents


Designing assessments


The Learning Space allows staff to design a task which will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning. Experts on designing assessments within the EdTech team are happy to help with this. Please get in touch.


The list below covers the majority of ways that Learning Space can be used to support assessment.


Essays/Reports/Written work


We recommend Turnitin.


Turnitin offers many features, including:

  • Originality checking will give the marker a good idea of if and where plagiarism has occurred; including collusion.
  • In-line marking enables multiple markers to comment on and annotate the student's work
  • QuickMarks allow markers to create a bank of comments that can be re-used and customised
  • Audio and written feedback allows both methods to be used if desired
  • Rubrics promotes a consistent approach to marking

Projects


We recommend Assignment.


The Assignment tool offers many features, including:

  • Multiple files & file types allows more than one file and file type can be added to a submission
  • Larger file submissions allows student's to submit files up to 1Gb in size
  • Multiple submissions means that a single submission point can accept a number of submissions over a period of time
  • Group projects - submissions by one group member can provide both group feedback and individual grades
  • Rubrics can help with consistent marking and give feedback on individual components

Practical/Demonstrations/Presentation


We recommend Workshop.

  • Multiple files and file types allows more than one file and/or file type can be added to a submission
  • Larger file submissions allows student's to submit files up to 1Gb in size
  • Group projects - submissions by one group member can provide both group feedback and individual grades
  • Attaching feedback/observation means that documents used to capture feedback during presentations (templates, check lists, etc.) can be attached during grading rather than being re-entered
  • Rubrics can to help with consistent marking and give feedback on individual components.

Portfolios


We recommend Journal.


Journal is Falmouth's portfolio platform hosted with EduBlogs.

  • Export content – students can export their portfolio sites to external platforms
  • Rich media – embed images, audio, video and other content
  • Privacy – set to fully private, partially public or fully public
  • Familiar – built using WordPress which many students already know
  • Summative assessment - SPA have approved Journal as an accepted method for summative assessment (as opposed to third party external site platforms, eg. www.weebly.com)

Quiz/Test


We recommend the Quiz activity.

  • Marking is done by the computer for most question types and can include pre-prepared feedback
  • Multiple question types
  • Essay questions can be used (with manual marking)
  • Controlled and time-limited
  • Random selection of questions

Peer Review


We recommend the Workshop activity.

  • Designed for peer-assessments within a structured review/feedback/grading framework
  • Allows for the assessment of how well a student reviews another's work as well as how well they did on their own submission
  • Tutor has ultimate control over what the student sees
  • Tutor can provide exemplar work

Further support


Please contact the Educational Technology team etsupport@falmouth.ac.uk for any further support.


Please report any issues with this guide to etsupport@falmouth.ac.uk.