The Higher Education Academy’s Transforming Assessment in Higher Education symposia series aims to bring together cutting edge examples of effective efforts of sustainable and manageable change around assessment and feedback. A call is open for case studies outlining discipline-specific innovations and wider institutional initiatives themed around:
- Assessment literacy (to be held in York on 8 March 2017)
- Technology-enabled/electronically managed assessment (to be held in York on 12 April 2017)
- Enhancing student engagement through assessment (to be held in York on 24 May 2017)
This flyer provides full details of the symposia and how to submit a case study against each of the themes, as well as further publication opportunities for those case studies selected for the symposia.
Refreshed guidance for mark transfer now available for Module Leaders
Work has progressed looking at the processes of mark transfer to identify any improvements that could be made. This was required in order to reduce the impact of not pursuing a technical solution to transferring marks between Blackboard and SITS – the Assessment Journey Programme Change Team, and subsequently the University Projects Board, agreed that the development carried too much risk to progress at this point in time.
This work has culminated in refreshed guidance being created to enable Module Leaders to download, format and send task marks from Blackboard Grade Centre to Student Administration in a consistent and efficient way. This work was developed with input from academic and professional service staff, and draws upon academic best practice and board secretary requirements.
Adopting a more consistent, streamlined process across the University will bring a number of benefits for both academic and professional services colleagues.
What are the benefits?
- Marks are supplied in a consistent way from the Grade Centre which will reduce the need for dialogue with Student Administration around data queries
- Student Administration will be able to process marks quickly and release timely reports
- Marks supplied to boards through the use of one data source (Grade Centre)
- Greater clarity around what information is required when sending marks through to Student Administration, what to do in the event of missing marks and how rounding of marks is managed
Do I need to do anything?
This is a consolidation of existing guidance as well as the introduction of newly developed guidance, so some elements may be new, but not others. We ask all Module Leaders to take time to read and use the guidance at the next opportunity when submitting marks to Student Administration. We would welcome feedback from Module Leaders as this is rolled out and used for the first time. This can be sent by email to ! Assessment Journey Programme.
How do I get further information?
Representatives from Student Administration and the Assessment Journey Programme will be attending departmental management group meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the rationale and respond to any initial queries about the processes and refreshed guidance. In addition, queries or feedback about the guidance can also be sent by email to ! Assessment Journey Programme