Changes to Blackboard to support students submitting work

Tomorrow morning (13 March), there will be a few changes to Blackboard based on issues students have had around the submission of work and viewing of feedback. Students using the Microsoft Edge web browser when submitting their work will receive a pop-up message warning them that we strongly recommend they use another browser. This is because Edge…

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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Article on Technology and Students’ Use of Past Feedback Published

In 2013, SHU undertook a research project to look into the ways that students use their past feedback when working on subsequent assessments. The full report of the findings from the project, ‘Making Connections’, was published a while ago, and today a paper drawing together these findings with examples of relevant technological interventions was published in Research in Learning Technology. The…

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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…

Online screencasting software available for SHU staff

Screencasting refers to the process of recording a video of what is happening on a PC, often with narration, and making it available for students to watch whenever they want. It is commonly used for recording demonstrations of software and walkthroughs of computer-based processes, however growing numbers of staff from many disciplines are also using…

Reflection: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

Reflection is an approach that encourages deep thinking by an individual about their existing knowledge and capabilities, how it has been supported or challenged by new learning and experience, and the identification of strengths to promote and weaknesses/limitations to address. While most people have an instinctive reflective process that we use to learn from our actions, a…

Case Study: Enhancing Employability Skills through Electronic Portfolios

This case study outlines the way in which a tutor has used PebblePad and Blackboard to support students in developing their employability skills and reflective capability. When applying for graduate employment, nursing students are required to write personal statements outlining the skills and experience that makes them suitable for the position. The quality of these statements…