Overview


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


Contents


Designing Assessments

The Digital Learning team is available to offer advice on assessment design - for more information email dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk. The list below covers the majority of ways that Learning Space can be used to support assessment.


Summative Assessments

All summative assessment links are created by SPA@falmouth.ac.uk. You should not create your own. These are created using the Assignment activity. 


When SPA contacts course leaders for assessment information, they ask if the assignment should be with or without TurnitIn enabled. 


Without TurnitIn enabled

The majority of Assignments do not have TurnitIn enabled. Submissions to these links have the following limits:

  • 20 files
  • 1GB in total
  • any file type.

Note that students cannot submit folders of files but they can submit zipped folders.


With TurnitIn enabled

Where the assessment type is an essay or dissertation, Turnitin can be enabled within Assignment. The submissions will be limited to 

  • 1 file
  • 100MB
  • Word documents or PDFs. 

As well as originality checking, TurnitIn incorporates Feedback Studio that allows annotation of documents, overall text and audio comments, creation of a bank of reusable comments, and feedback via rubrics. A few courses use Feedback Studio, though most provide feedback by uploading a completed feedback proforma in Word or PDF.


First-time submissions

Students can edit their submission up to the deadline. They can also edit it up to a week after the deadline, but doing that will cause the submission to be classed as late.


EC/Refer submissions

Students cannot submit or alter their submission after the deadline.


Summative video submissions

In the 2021/22 academic year, there are 3 ways that SPA permits students to submit videos. For all of these ways, they must make a submission to Assignment by the deadline.


MethodIssuesRecommendation
Upload a mp4 file to the Assignment linkThe submission limit is 1GB.
Students need to know how to re-encode videos to make their file size small. A 5 minute video should be under 100MB and certainly not 1GB.
Students will have difficulty uploading a large video from home and the connection to Learning Space may time out.
This can be used if students are given guidance on what file size to aim for, and on how to use a tool such as Handbrake to optimise the size.
Upload to Microsoft Steam, add the module lead as an owner, then submit the URL to the Assignment linkStudents need to be told exactly what access permissions to set. They should (a) make sure the video is NOT accessible to anyone in the company, and (b) must add the module lead and other markers as owners.This is arguably the best method, but the instructions to students on access permissions must be crystal clear: you want the relevant staff to be able to view, but no-one else.
Upload to YouTube or Vimeo then submit the URL to the Assignment link.For both of these solutions the video is not hosted on University systems which means the work may or may not persist as a record.
Vimeo has an upload limit that can catch students out.
On youtube, students should set their videos to "Unlisted".
Neither of these is ideal. YouTube is better than Vimeo.



Summative portfolios

Portfolios may be submitted as:

  • a PDF (typically created in Word, PowerPoint or Adobe Illustrator)
  • the URL of their Journal.

Journal is an educational version of Wordpress, whereby students can create a website or blog that relevant staff can access, but no-one else. Use of Journal is approved by SPA. Do contact dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk well in advance to discuss the best way to set this up so the student experience is a smooth one.


Please see more detailed notes on Assignment for Studio Submissions / Portfolios.


Formative Quizzes

The Quiz activity offers:

  • Marking 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

Please consult dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk. This may be done via the following Learning Space activities:

  • forum
  • database

workshop.


The most comprehensive of these is the Workshop activity, but it requires plenty of preparation and familiarisation by the teacher. Its features include:

  • 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

For further support on Learning Space, or to report any issues with this guide, please get in touch with the Digital Learning Team via dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk. Alternatively, please refer to the numerous help guides found on our Knowledge Base


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