Overview

This guide explains how to create and use the Workshop activity.


Contents


Video guide

This video will show you the basic steps required to setup the Workshop activity in Learning Space.




What is the Workshop activity?

The Workshop activity is a peer assessment tool that staff can use to allow students to evaluate each others work. The Workshop activity can be identified by the two avatars and speech bubble icon.

Workshop button in Learning Space


Creating the Workshop activity

Navigate to the module / course page that you want to add the Workshop activity to and ensure that you have editing enabled by clicking the "Turn editing on" button.

"Turn editing on" button in Learning Space.

Scroll down to the section on the page that you want to add the activity to and select 'Add an activity or resource' from the bottom right of that section.

"Add an activity or resource" link in Learning Space.

From the pop-up window click on 'Workshop'.

Add an activity or resource list in Learning Space.


Next you will need to provide a name for the workshop and a description, the latter could be used to explain how a workshop works or when the next workshop is taking place.

Entering a Workshop name and description.

The most important step is to decide upon a grading strategy, the table below explains the different options in more detail.


Selecting the grading strategy.


Grading strategy 
Description
Accumulative GradingGrades provided are an average of all reviewers marks along with an allowance for comments.
Number Of ErrorsA series of yes or no questions on aspects of the assignments along with an allowance for comments.
CommentsComments can be provided but no grade is given.
RubricA level assessment is given regarding specified criteria.


The next 4 groups of instructions are optional but can help enhance and tailor a workshop activity to suit your needs. In submission settings you can choose how many files students can submit, and any special instructions for them to consider. The assessment settings section is useful for explaining how work should be assessed and if students can mark their own work. The feedback settings all staff to provide overall feedback. Finally, the example submission settings allow staff to provide an example submission for students to practice assessing.

The various setting available.


Finally click "Save and display".


Setup phase explained

In our example we are using the "Comments" grading strategy, this allows students to provide other students with comments about their work, but no grade is given.

Setup phase screenshot.

In the setup phase you must complete the following three elements of the workshop activity:

  • Set the workshop description
  • Provide instructions for submission
  • Edit the assessment form


Set the workshop description:

The description should be used to provide students with more information about the workshop activity and what it is used for.


Provide instructions for submission:

This section provides an opportunity to instruct students how to submit their work. Staff can set the maximum number of attachments, the types of file types allows and the maximum submission size.


Edit the assessment form:

The assessment form allows staff to specify what aspects of work students need to assess, for example you may want students to assess; understanding of the subject matter, spelling and referencing.


Once you have filled in all of the information click "Switch to the next phase".


Submission phase explained

In our example we are using the "Comments" grading strategy, this allows students to provide other students with comments about their work but no grade is given.

Submission phase screenshot.

In the submission phase you must complete the following three elements of the workshop activity:

  • Provide instructions for assessment
  • Allocate submissions



Provide instructions for assessment:

This section can be used by staff for guiding students on how to assess work. It could for example contain common issues for students to look out and what to do if they can't find anything wrong with the piece they're assessing.


Allocate submissions:

This is an important section that dictates who assesses who's work. Staff can either allocate work manually or randomly. Manual submission could for example be useful to pair students who are stronger at different learning objectives and could provide their peer with useful feedback in a certain area. Random allocation is the quickest method of allocation and staff can set how many reviews each student should receive and if students can assess without having submitted anything.


The "Scheduled allocation" tab contains a tic box that automatically allocates submissions at the end of the submission phase, which staff may want to consider.


The "Allocate Submissions" heading provides useful stats regarding the expected number of submissions (based on number of participants on a module), how many students have submitted and how many are to be allocated. It also staff if there are any students who are yet to submit work.


Once you have filled in all of the information click "Switch to the next phase".


Assessment phase explained

In our example we are using the "Comments" grading strategy, this allows students to provide other students with comments about their work but no grade is given.

Assessment phase screenshot.

Staff don't need to do anything during the assessment phase other than end it by clicking "Switch to the next phase" once the assessment deadline has passed.


Grading evaluation phase explained

In our example we are using the "Comments" grading strategy, this allows students to provide other students with comments about their work but no grade is given.

Evaluation phase screenshot.


In the submission phase you must complete the following three elements of the workshop activity:

  • Calculate submission grades
  • Calculate assessment grades
  • Provide a conclusion of the activity


Calculate submission grades

The final grade for every submission is calculated as an average of all of the grades given by reviewers of the submission (if a grading strategy is enabled).


Calculate assessment grades

The workshop activity uses artificial intelligence to estimate the quality of assessment provided by a students peers and provides a grade (if a grading strategy is enabled).


Provide a conclusion of the activity

Finally staff should provide generic feedback for the conclusion of the activity, this could be as simple as "Thank you for taking part", or something more meaningful for the subject matter.


To end the workshop click "Switch to the next phase".


Hyperlink iconThe student experience:


Please refer to the student guide found here for information about how students use the workshop activity.


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