Useful guidance is available below on aspects of online assessment.

Key Questions:

Since September 2015 the University vision has been that all Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate students will submit summative coursework electronically but some types of assessment are currently more suited to physical submission. Examples include lab books, art work, handwritten maths assessments and agricultural samples. The EMA Programme has worked together with academic and professional colleagues within each school to understand disciplinary needs and agree the most appropriate submission method for different types of assignment. Your programme administrators will set up the submission points that have been agreed with your school for all summative work, and can discuss with you the most appropriate submission route for your specific assignments.

Your programme administrator will set up submission points for summative assessments.

Students will be expected to submit work online except where it is unsuitable for an individual student with a recognised health condition or disability and then reasonable adjustments will be put in place for those students on a case by case basis if they are unable to submit online.

It will not be possible to mark all types of assessment online. Some physical submissions may require hard copy feedback, for example, when making corrections to mathematical equations or chemical formulae on the submitted work. However, it is the expectation that, wherever possible, feedback will be provided to students online using either of the two marking tools available within the University; Turnitin and Blackboard, taking advantage of the marking features within these tools. It is often practical to provide online feedback where the work was a physical submission, for example, a presentation or artwork. This approach will ensure students have a more consistent assessment experience and are able to access the majority of their feedback in a single place.

No. Due to the nature of dissertations, and the way that they are moderated, schools and/or departments may ask students to submit both a hard copy of their dissertation and an online copy to Turnitin. Colleagues are then able to mark hard copies but also benefit from aspects of online submission, such as similarity checks and external examiner access. The approach to dissertations is at the discretion of each school or department.

It is the University’s ambition that all summative coursework, where pedagogically appropriate, will be submitted, marked and feedback provided electronically. It is important to recognise that some colleagues may have specific health related conditions that impact on their ability to mark and provide feedback online. In these cases, colleagues are able to access existing University support processes to assess and identify if reasonable adjustments are required. In addition, there may be additional support or technology available to support colleagues, for example use of audiofile feedback.  For more information see our FAQs.

The expectation is that academic colleagues should use the suggested marking tool for their type of assessment. Your assignments will be set up for you using the recommended mode of submission. If you do not believe that selected marking tool, and its associated marking features, is appropriate for a particular assignment, please discuss this with programme administrator in the first instance. In order to decide on the most appropriate tool and submission route, the EMA Programme reviewed multiple variables to ensure that the most appropriate tool was recommended, including what is and is not possible within both the Turnitin and Blackboard marking tool. For example - it is only possible to mark group work using Blackboard.

No. The EMA Programme does not stipulate how the available marking features within Turnitin or Blackboard are best utilised by the marker within each school or department.  However, your school or department, may choose to provide guidance regarding the use of specific features, such as rubrics, QuickMarks and audio feedback. More information on how to use the tools is available here. To find out more and for further training please contact the TEL team.

Yes. All marks need to be available in the Blackboard Grade Centre. Further guidance on Grade Centre can be found here. We need marks to be available in the Grade Centre so that students can see all of their marks in one place, for these marks to be pulled across to RISIS where progression or final classifications are calculated and to display this information to students and staff.

There is a wide variety of internal moderation practices across the University. For each moderation practice, specific guidance has been produced, and may be found here. Currently the tools available do not provide inbuilt online moderation functionality that exactly meets all of our requirements, so colleagues will need to record the details of the moderation process on a form, which will then be stored securely in Blackboard by your Programme Administrators. These forms can then be easily accessed by External Examiners.

The responsibility for administering late penalties lies with the Support Centres / HBS Programme Administrators. For further information please see our document outlining roles and responsibilities. This should reduce the administrative burden of assessment for academic colleagues.