HEA Transforming Assessment in Higher Education Symposia Series – call for contributions

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.

 

Staff Feedback on the Assessment Design and Delivery Framework Prototype

We have started the development of the Assessment Design and Delivery Framework web space that will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for academics on assessment guidance, resources and policy from October 2015.

We recently engaged with a cross section of staff to review the first prototype.  Staff were able to ‘have a go’ in the test site and comment on the navigation and content structure, providing valuable feedback around the user experience of accessing and finding information.

The feedback will now go back to the web designers to make revisions.  A big thank you to all those that took part in the sessions.

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“I just submitted my assignment on line – how do I know it’s been received?”

The University will shortly be launching a new feature for our students when they submit an assignment to a Blackboard. After they submit their work, students will receive an email confirming the details of their submission.

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Online submissions through Blackboard

The student – or group of students if it is a group submission – will get an email confirming who submitted the work, when it was submitted, the module title, the assignment title, and the name of the file(s) submitted, including file size(s). It will also contain the name of the module leader and their email address as well as a link to the relevant faculty helpdesk should further help or support be needed by the student. A copy of the receipt will be saved as a PDF in an area of the Blackboard site teaching staff can access.

All other submissions

At present, there will be no changes to the process for any assessments that are not submitted through Blackboard. The current arrangements around receiving and receipting these assessments will continue.

Timing

It is anticipated that this new receipting feature will be launched during July 2015. Further information and guidance will be available on shuspace for both students and staff once the launch date is confirmed and communications will also be cascaded within faculties and via other university communication channels.

This feature is being introduced as part of the improvements being delivered by the Assessment Journey Programme and is a result of student feedback. The benefits include a reduction in anxiety currently experienced by many students due to the lack of a confirmation receipt and this should also help reduce the volume of queries directed to both academic and administrative staff from students questioning whether work has been received.

If you have any queries please or would like further information, please contact the Assessment Journey Programme Team.

Hello to Hassun, thanks and goodbye to Kieran

It was great to catch up with Hassun (incoming Education Officer on the left) and Kieran (outgoing Education Officer on the right) from the Students Union at the Learning & Teaching Conference last week.

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Kieran has made an extremely valuable contribution to our work and we’d like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to him for all the time and effort he has contributed to the AJP, providing the essential student view that has informed the programme.

We’re looking forward to working with Hassun, to ensure that the student voice continues to inform assessment, a key part of the student experience.