Equipment Survey Results

You may remember that we commissioned two surveys and a number of pilots to ascertain the equipment requirements of staff from September 2016, when the University will move to online management of assessment for levels 3, 4 and 7.

The findings from the latest survey (February 2016) are presented here.

In recent months, we have been working closely with colleagues in Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) and we are delighted to confirm that our findings have informed the development of a new University-wide equipment strategy to meet academic staff needs in a sustainable way, supporting the implementation of the new Policy for Summative Assessment and the work of the Assessment Journey Programme.

Details of the changes to the University’s Equipment Policy will be shared shortly.

New Assessment Resources

September 2016 will see the introduction of a new University Policy for Summative Assessment and consequently, changes to practice for the design and delivery of online assessment.

Please see the two resources below that, together with Assessment Essentials, will help support you with the move to online management of assessment.

New resources – Interactive Assessment Resource and Assessment Checklist
We’ve developed an interactive resource designed to guide you through the assessment lifecycle. Displayed as a continuous loop of activity, the document highlights key tasks and signposts to relevant online assessment guidance, resources, technical how-to guides and case studies found within Assessment Essentials. View the resource online.

Assessment Interactive Resource_web version

To help you prepare for September, we’ve also created a checklist to ensure you’ve taken the necessary steps for assessment design, setting up online assessment and Grade Centre in Blackboard, and communicating essential guidance to students.  View the checklist online.

Assessment Journey check list_web

A different approach to engagement

In the run up to September, faculties are preparing for the transition to online management of assessment for levels 3, 4 and 7. Activity has been broad and varied; bespoke training sessions have been delivered by the TEL Teams with support from graduate interns and a suite of video guides have been developed for self-directed learning. Alongside these offers, departments are choosing to engage staff in other ways.

A recent idea was put forward by Ann Franks, Head of Academic Development for the Department of Natural and Built Environment, who has chosen to host an AJP Away Day with the intention of bringing everyone together to discuss preparations for the transition. The day will cover a range of subjects together with an introduction from the AJP Team on the rationale and timescales of the programme.  Staff will also benefit from sharing best practice and will hear from academics who are already submitting and marking online.  The session will be supported by the TEL Team who will be answering questions throughout the day.  Ann Franks said, “We simply wanted to give staff the opportunity to prepare for the changes together.  We’ve had excellent support from TEL and will continue to engage with their offer of support and training – this is just another way of ensuring everyone is ready for September”.

If you’d like to run a similar event in your area, contact the AJP Team and your local TEL Team to discuss how we can support your ideas.