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Assessment and Feedback Journey

This section has been curated by a range of stakeholders from across both academic and professional services teams to provide you with guidance, information and resources to support the assessment and feedback journey from the design of inclusive, accessible assessment to the management of assessment activities and feedback methods.

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A good assessment strategy reflects the intended learning outcomes of the course and effectively employs a range of suitable and manageable assessment and feedback approaches.

‘Constructive alignment’ starts with the notion that the learner constructs his or her own learning through relevant learning activities. The teacher’s job is to create a learning environment that supports the learning activities appropriate to achieving the desired learning outcomes. The key is that all components in the teaching system – the curriculum and its intended outcomes the teaching methods used the assessment tasks – are aligned to each other. All are tuned to learning activities addressed in the desired learning outcomes. The learner finds it difficult to escape without learning appropriately. Author: John Biggs – read more about this on the Advance HE website.  

Here, we present a range of assessment and feedback methods, tools, guidance and information from across various stakeholders.

Academic Conduct

Academic Services

Academic Conduct – academic administration resource – provides information when managing Academic Conduct cases. 

Assessment 

Circulars
Academic Services Assessment Circulars and updates inform staff about new assessment regulations, policies and procedures or changes to existing ones
Criteria
Methods
Digital Learning Team
Progression and awards
Academic Services Within Assessment, Progression and Awards the Student Policy and Compliance team are responsible for:

  • developing, maintaining and reviewing assessment regulations and policy.
  • managing appeals.
  • providing advice, guidance and training to staff. 
Regulations
Academic Services The Assessment Regulations include:

  • Standard Assessment Regulation
  • In-Module Retrieval
  • Continuing Reassessment
  • University Grade Descriptors
  • Withdrawal for non-engagement
  • Associated process maps and templates.
Scheduling
Assessment Essentials Theme 2: Setting (module level)
Tasks

External reading

Blackboard sites

Digital Learning Team

Capping

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Case Studies

Academic Essentials

Provide a range of case studies, journal articles, book chapters and recent conference presentations in respect of assessment and feedback.

Course Design

Assessment Essentials

Course Design theme –  introduces other aspects of the assessment and feedback strategy. They make it clear how the assessment strategy works holistically. This helps Programme and Course Leaders to design and co-ordinate an inclusive assessment and feedback strategy allowing you to be even more creative and innovative in designing your curriculum through the Hallam Model lens.

Digital Learning Team

Assessing 2021/22 – teaching delivery guidance and resources from the Digital Learning Team in terms of  ** designing flexible and authentic assessments  **  formative assessment  ** inclusive assessment  ** exams.

External reading

Designing Courses: Assessment – First Principles – Simon Paul Atkinson – In this short lecture (9’38”), Simon outlines the basic structure of sound assessment. Describing reliability, validity, and fairness in assessment and exploring a range of different assessment forms. 

Curriculum View / Catalogue / SITS

Academic Services

Screencast – how to view the assessment weightings across all modules on my course to determine a students workload is balanced.

Deferrals

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Departmental Assessment Boards (DABs)

Academic Services

The Departmental Assessment Boards guidance provides all College and Board schedules including all key documents and links.

Assessment Essentials

The Departmental assessment boards page provides guidance and information on re-assessment, referrals and deferrals.  

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Academic Essentials

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Hallam overview page provides an overall view of the university’s strategy and points to sources of guidance to support accessible and inclusive assessment and feedback including glossary of inclusive practice and impact assessments.

Accessible Assessment

The Accessible Assessment website provides accessible assessment pedagogy.

Inclusive Practice

  • The Applied Inclusive Practice website provides guidance and resources on making your assessment and feedback inclusive and accessible.
  • What are the definitions?  – guidance that provides definitions and information about adapted, alternative and inclusive assessments.

Teaching Delivery

  • Inclusive Assessment – guidance and resources covering
    • routes to inclusive assessment
    • start of year activities
    • building inclusivity into course design and review
  • Assessing 2021/22 –  guidance and resources covering
    • designing flexible and authentic assessments
    • formative assessment
    • inclusive assessment
    • exams.

External reading

Evaluation

Assessment Essentials

The Reflecting and reviewing theme focuses on how staff can reflect on and review the assessment experience and delivery through the Course Improvement Plans (CIPs), also known as Annual Review process which operates at both module and course level along with Course and Module Review (CMR) meetings. 

Exams

Assessment Essentials

The Examinations section covers:

  • Setting Blackboard.
  • Coursework.
  • Timetables and schedules.

Teaching Delivery

Assessing 2021/22 –  guidance and resources covering

  • designing flexible and authentic assessments
  • formative assessment
  • inclusive assessment
  • exams.

Exemptions

Academic Services

Exemptions guidance covers exemptions from the standard assessment regulations, usually for reasons associated with the requirements of Professional and Statutory Bodies. 

Extenuating Circumstances

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Feedback

Assessment Essentials

The Marking / feedback theme provides guidance and information on  different options of marking assessments and how internal and external moderation is undertaken.

Tel Help

The Blackboard – online feedback and marks guidance covers:

  • Blackboard Grade Centre
  • Feedback rubrics
  • On and off-line marking
  • Originality / Turnitin reports 

Formative Assessment

Teaching Delivery

Assessing 2021/22 – guidance and resources covering:

  • designing flexible and authentic assessments
  • formative assessment
  • inclusive assessment
  • exams. 

Glossary of assessment terms

My Hallam

The Glossary of assessment terms  provides our students with an explanation and description of assessment terms. 

Grade Based Assessment

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Grade Centre

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Grade Descriptors

Academic Services

Visit Assessment Regulation – staff guidance.

Assessment Essentials

Visit Assessment Essentials: theme 2 – Setting (module level) for developing grade descriptors.   

Group Work

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Hallam Model

Academic Essentials

Visit the support for course and module design and delivery overview page for more details.

In-Module Retrieval

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Learning Outcomes

Assessment Essentials

External reading

  • Alternatives for labs – Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury – Outlines some alternatives for labs, based on the learning outcomes of the lab. 

Marking

Assessment Essentials

The Marking / feedback theme provides guidance and information on  different options of marking assessments and the process of internal and external moderation.

The Recording marks theme provides guidance and information on:

  • how marks are recorded in the Blackboard Grade Centre
  • entering marks online
  • marking deadlines
  • missing marks.

The Returning marks / feedback theme provides guidance and information on:

  • entering and release of provisional marks and feedback for both course work and exams
  • how you enter and release marks and feedback using Grade Centre.

TEL Help

  • Blackboard – online feedback and marks.
  • Are you wanting to release feedback and marks to students from a grade column in Blackboard, but there are some students in the cohort who have unmoderated feedback and marks (e.g. students with approved extensions)? This article explains how to save feedback as draft for student work submitted to Blackboard so any unmoderated feedback and marks are kept hidden from those students while the remaining students can access their feedback and marks as usual.

Moderation

Assessment Essentials

Visit Theme 2 – Setting (module level) for verification/moderation guidance.  

Module Leader Handbook

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Originality Checking

Assessment Essentials

The Originality checking / Turnitin section covers:

  • Turnitin tool
  • Originality reports
  • Plagiarism
  • Text matching for formative and summative
  • Best practice. 

Plagiarism

External reading

Portfolios

Assessment Essentials

The Portfolios section covers guidance on the types and tools. 

Professional development (CPD)

Academic Professional Development and events – opportunities to enhance your development in inclusive assessment and feedback practice. 

Quality Assurance

Academic Essentials

Visit the support for course and module design and delivery overview page for Quality Assurance guidance and information. 

Reassessment

Receipting

Assessment Essentials

Visit Theme 4: Submitting / Sitting – submission of work 

Referrals

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Referencing

Assessment Essentials

The Referencing section covers guidance on what system Hallam uses for referencing. 

Student Assessment

Assessment 4 Students

The Assessment 4 Students website provides students with guidance and information on the assessment and feedback journey which aligns itself to the staff resource Assessment Essentials. This website is currently under review – if you wish to feedback or provide suggestions please contact the team.

Student Support

Assessment Essentials

The Supporting your students section provides an overview of inclusivity and disability and any Display Screen Equipment (DSE) that may be required. 

Submission of Work / Dates

Academic Services

The Assessment Submission Dates for 2021 – 2022 data collection includes:

  • checking/amending
  • types
  • samples
  • In-Module Retrieval (IMR) submission date calculator
  • principles
  • assessment board schedules.

Assessment Essentials

The Submission of work section covers online management of submission such as:

  • Submitting work online
  • Portfolios
  • referencing
  • Originality checking / Turnitin
  • Examinations

Contingency protocol for online submission and feedback – in the event of IT issues and assessment deadlines, students may be provided with one day extensions. The changing of deadlines for summative tasks in Blackboard is actioned by the Digital Learning Team and the changing of deadlines in SITS is actioned by Academic Administration. Information will be posted on My Hallam. All students will receive an email direct from the Digital Learning Team via the Blackboard site. 

Summative Assessment

Digital Learning Team

The Summative Assessment Support provides guidance and resources in terms of the assessment brief and marking criteria. 

Threshold Standards

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Turnitin

Assessment Essentials

The Originality checking / Turnitin section covers:

  • turnitin tool
  • originality reports
  • plagiarism
  • text matching for formative and summative
  • best practice. 

Withdrawals

There are 2 routes for students withdrawing from a course:

  • Non-engagement – regulation 10 of the Standard Assessment Regulations stipulates that the University can deem a student to be withdrawn based on evidence of their non-engagement. Visit the Academic Services: Assessment Regulations SharePoint page for guidance and relevant forms. 
  • Student-led – this process relates to enrolled students who wish to fully withdraw from their studies, including students who leave within 14 calendar days of their start date (formerly ‘cancelled’). Visit the Academic Services: Student-led Withdrawal SharePoint page for guidance and relevant forms. 

Word Limits

Visit Assessment Essentials: theme 2 – Setting (module level) for guidance on word limits.

Verification

Assessment Essentials

Visit Theme 2 – Setting (module level) for verification/moderation guidance.

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Introduction about the series  The basics: Where do I start from, when switching to e-learning? How do I support students’ emotional wellbeing at this time?
How do I set up students for e-learning? IT tools: Which platform should I use for video-conferencing? How do I up my IT capabilities to cope with e-learning?
Adapting teaching and assessment: How do I adapt my teaching to e-learning? How do I adapt my assessment to e-learning? How do I prevent plagiarism in e-learning?
How do I set up my VLE space to support the switch to e-learning?

 

How do I support students’ academic skills development in e-learning mode?

 

E-learning activities:  What would be good ‘week 1’ activities to start the Unit?

 

Last updated: 21st July 2021 NB