iPad loan service now available

The University recently announced changes to its Equipment Policy to facilitate mobile and flexible working, and support the move to online management of assessment in the University. In addition to the roll out of laptops (as required), it was agreed that a central loan service would be developed to provide academic staff with temporary access…

Assessment Journey Programme: update on progress

An article has been recently posted on the Assessment Journey Programme blog that reflects on the Programme’s progress as it now enters its final year. The article outlines the Programme’s progress around informing, preparing and supporting both staff and students, governess and process, and technical developments that support the move to online management of assessment and new reporting…

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Screencasts as an Essay Alternative

A guest post by Roberta E Taylor on the Assessment Journey Programme (AJP) blog has just been published and describes her experience of replacing a 4000 word essay-based assessment with a short screencast. Roberta describes the background to the assessment, the approach taken to introduce students to screencasting concepts and techniques and the creative skills that…

Email receipts for assessment submissions via Blackboard

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. Online submissions through Blackboard The student – or group of students if it is a group submission – will…

TEL guide for course planning teams published

Members of the TEL team and Assessment Journey Programme have recently compiled a resource to assist course planning teams in ensuring effective use of technology for learning, teaching and assessment during revalidation. The ‘Design with Online in Mind‘ leaflet provides information about key considerations related to the use of technology and links to other resources…

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Report on Marking Practice at SHU

As part of the Assessment Journey Programme, a survey was sent at the start of the year to all academic staff involved in marking student work. The survey intended to capture marking practice at SHU during the period in which the survey was open. The responses from the 600 members of staff who completed the survey…

Preparing your 2014/15 PebblePad Workspaces

If you have been using PebblePad Workspaces (i.e. ATLAS) through Blackboard for assessment it is important to note that they are not copied into new Blackboard sites at the start of the year, therefore you will need to add new links in your sites. After you have added the link to your Blackboard site in…