Short case study: Assessment activity in the VLE


It is possible to use the VLE as a platform for formative (self-assessment and monitoring of progress) or summative (file submission) assessment activities. This may involve tests and quizzes in different forms and the submission and return of student assignments via the Yorkshare file submission tools. Quizzes may be set up to offer supportive feedback and links to further materials. This enables students to take stock of their own progress in mastering key skills and concepts, and will help to build their own confidence in a supported environment. Instructors may review individual and aggregate test scores and use this feedback to address common problems and misconceptions in class time.

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Politics Graduate School Assessment Submission (Politics)

All essay submissions are managed via Yorkshare. A single site provides graduate students with guides to essay writing, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, as well as a plagiarism quiz to check their understanding of referencing, citations etc.

The main area of the site contains adaptively released file submission tools for each assessed module. These are organised by term and released by date. They are also released by group. Students are allocated to groups based on the modules they are taking, and then the submission tools are adaptively released to particular groups. Each student only sees the submission tools that they need.

Students are provided with a SafeAssign submission point to check their own work for matched text. They also submit their final essays for assessment via the anonymised assessment submission tool.

History of English I (Language and Linguistics)Screenshot of online exercised in the VLE

Yorkshare was used to provide frequent opportunities for students to practice key skills in Old English grammar, through a series of formative assessment activities. The lecturers designed and created Flash based exercises to test students’ knowledge that could be hosted within Yorkshare. The tests gave students a randomly generated selection of questions from a pool and provided feedback per question, for both correct and incorrect answers.

Lecturers also used the standard Yorkshare quiz tools to set 8 revision quizzes for students to review their own understanding. Six quizzes addressed discrete elements of the course, and two quizzes tested knowledge across the units of the module.

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Case study last updated: December 2008

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