Great progress is being made across the faculties to transition to online management of assessment and the University has welcomed a series of training and support sessions facilitating the process. After the success of an initial half-day workshop in January, another LTA workshop went ahead within the Media, Arts and Communications Department. The session focused on creating and updating 2016/17 Blackboard sites, developing resource lists online, and exploring different approaches to online submission and feedback that are suited to MAC assessment types and subjects. The workshop provided attendees with hands-on guidance, support and allocated time to discuss and learn more about each topic that was presented. In addition, the Assessment Journey Programme (AJP) provided an update on the status of the programme and the introduction of the new Policy for Summative Assessment which was approved by Academic Board on Tuesday 26 April.
This forum was an excellent opportunity for academic staff to continue their preparation for online assessment for level 3, 4 and 7 students from September 2016/17. They worked alongside the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and AJP Teams to resolve any challenges they faced when using online submission, which reduced anxiety around marking and feedback technologies. Staff members were able to request further guidance and resources from the TEL and AJP Teams, outside of the session.
This workshop is just one of the many sessions designed to assist faculties during the transition to online. Similar group training opportunities and 1-2-1 support is being offered in all areas. Please contact your faculty TEL teams to find out more.