6.3.3 Formative work – digital visual presentations

Digital visual presentation

Key Concept: Assessments provide scope to develop creative skills as well as demonstrating academic progress.

Alternative formats of formative work can be used to provide opportunities for students to develop their digital capabilities in communicating to an audience, visual design and technical skills with a range of tools. Some of the examples below will allow for work to be submitted as a file, for example a PDF export, whereas others will require the marker to view the work in its native format online.

One of the challenges of digital submissions is finding a way to provide feedback. Students could submit their file or use the text submission box to provide a link to their work using the Yorkshare Standard Assignment Tool. The marker can then use the summary text feedback box or an associated rubric to provide feedback to the students.

Workflow of creative assessment submission - providing a PDF or link via Standard Submission Point, marking online, then feedback via the VLE

The Standard Assignment tool can be configured for individual or group feedback, depending on the project. Alternatively, students could submit Google Sites as a portfolio of resources or website. It’s worth noting that an online resource or Google Site may still be editable by the student after it has been submitted for marking. For formative work, it may be unnecessary to revoke editing access and instead allow students a greater sense of ownership over their creative resource. There are some excellent examples of student-created blogs and videos which have been developed as public-facing resources which are assessed alongside a more formal, written reflection.

Forms of digital visual presentation

The documents below show the a range of media that students may use for digital visual presentation. Whilst these guides provide an overview of the possible, they do not have the context of the task, assessment criteria or learning outcome specified. These must be provided to the students in tandem with suggestions as to the type of resource to create.

The five approaches explored in more detail with supporting video tutorials are:

  1. Narrated presentation
  2. Animated or automated presentations
  3. Exploratory resources
  4. Mini websites
  5. Infographics

Video guides

A supporting YouTube playlist provides a walk-through of the tools suggested for these approaches:

Case study

E-Learning Walkthrough

Lights, camera, heritage!

Bringing a subject to life with student created videos
Dr Sara Perry, Archaeology
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