Overview


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


Contents


Designing Assessments

The Learning Space allows staff to design a task which will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning. The Digital Learning team is available to offer assessment design good practices, view their selection of staff development workshops for more information or get in touch via dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk to discuss requirements.

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.


Where the assessment type is an essay or dissertation, Turnitin can be enabled within Assignment. The submissions will be limited to 1 file, 100MB max, limited to Word documents or PDFs. Turnitin's features include:

  • 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


All other submission types will be limited to 20 files, 1GB max in total, any file type accepted. Note that students cannot submit folders of files but they can submit zipped folders.


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.


Videos

There are 3 ways students can 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.



Portfolios

We recommend Journal.


As with videos, students need to submit their URL to the assignment link in Learning Space.

Journal is an educational version of Wordpress, whereby students can create a website or blog site that relevant staff can access, but no-one else.

  • 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
  • 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).


Do contact dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk well in advance to discuss the best way to set this up so the student experience is a smoothnone.


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

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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