Day 5: Involving the students (part 2)

In part 1 of today’s post, we thought about encouraging students to develop quiz questions. Yesterday, we looked at allowing students to see what others have created for their assignment – but what about extending this to allow (require!) peer marking, or perhaps getting students to start looking at how they’ll be graded. We have a number of tools that will allow peer (and self) marking – both VLEs in use (My Dundee and Moodle) have this feature, as does Turnitin. However, the next stage would be to get the students co-create the marking schema. As with all activities that are new for students, it can take time; I have done it a number of times, and each time we needed a lot of preparation time to get the students to understand what they had to do. What was particularly interesting to me was how little the students understood phrases in standard marking criteria that were used in other courses. The highest tech, though, that I ever got to for agreeing the criteria was the invaluable PostIt!     Have you had other ideas for involving students in the assessment process? Further reading: Meer, N., & Chapman, A. (2014). Co-creation of Marking Criteria: Students as Partners in the Assessment Process. Business and Management Education in HE, 1–15....

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Day 4: Increasing the audience.

Over the last 2 days, we’ve looked at the typical type of assessment, in that the only audience for the work are the marker and the moderator. However, in most workplaces, there’s an expectation that a wide range of people will see individuals outputs, whatever they are. In some subjects, this is already done extensively; many have peer audiences for presentations, creative arts often have critiques in which the whole group participates, but for written work, it’s far less common to allow others to see the outputs. While we could use a tool such as OneDrive to allow students...

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Day 3: Working in groups.

Yesterday, we thought about tools that can allow individuals to present their work in varied ways; when we start to think about groups, it becomes the way they communicate between themselves. We’re still thinking about the type of model where work is private to the particular group (tomorrow, we’ll be starting to think about opening up student work to other students). While group work has been used extensively for many years, staff have not always known what tools to encourage students to use when working as a group, as they’re creating / presenting the work. We have a number...

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Office Mix – discontinued … but the tools are coming to Powerpoint

We know that a number of staff have been working with Office Mix – however, it is being discontinued. If you have any presentations that were developed using mix, please see Microsoft’s information about migrating your presentations. (You may find that you have to sign in several times to complete the migration process) Microsoft have updated the latest versions of Powerpoint (Windows) and the online version (sign in, with UoD credentials, required) to allow the addition of quizzes etc. For more information, please see Microsoft’s help....

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Blackboard Webinar – New Box view.

NOTE: This is aimed at those staff using Blackboard’s assignment tool, not those using Turnitin for marking and feedback. It also does not affect those using Moodle marking tools for some medical courses.  As you may know, Blackboard’s marking tool has changed; this was driven by a change in the supplier than BB use. Blackboard are aware of the fact that, though this has introduced some new features, it’s also removed features that many staff rely on. (Blackboard is the software that’s behind My Dundee) Blackboard are hosting a webinar on February 15th, (2-3pm) looking at the current situation,...

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Day 2: Students working alone.

Yesterday, we asked you to start looking at innovation in assessment – to think about ideas you’ve read about / have tested yourself. The most common assessment model is one where 1 student creates the work, for a primary audience of 1 (the marker) – and a secondary audience of the moderator/external/etc. Other students are very firmly excluded from the audience. While we’ll look at wider audiences later in the week, today we’re considering this model – a very standard experience on the part of staff and student. Rather than looking alternative models to this – we’ll look at...

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Questionmark On Demand Access Denied Error

Unfortunately we are currently experiencing an issue with our instance of Questionmark On Demand at the moment. When logging in using the standard URL ( users may be presented with an ‘Access Denied’ error message. We have reported this to our vendor and they have raised this as a fault with their development team. In the meantime you can still access Questionmark by either clicking the logo at the top left and then logging in, or use the following URL: We apologise for the incovenience and hope to have the service back to normal as soon as possible. Thank you for your...

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Questionmark On Demand Maintenance 17 February 2018

Questionmark OnDemand EU – Scheduled Maintenance ( We are writing to inform you about upcoming maintenance of the Questionmark OnDemand EU platform ( and advise of potential for downtime/disruption to the service. • Maintenance window begins: Saturday, 17-Feb-2018, 7:00 GMT • Maintenance window ends: Saturday, 17-Feb-2018, 11:00 GMT Potential for downtime/service disruption: During the maintenance window, Questionmark OnDemand customers (and participants taking assessments) will experience service disruptions. Purpose of the Maintenance The purpose of the maintenance is to deploy system updates to ensure the ongoing reliability, security and uptime of the platform. To check the current status of the OnDemand system and review response time and uptime data, please visit:...

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Online training (Staff)

We are starting to think about how we might offer online training, primarily for Distance learning staff, but could also be of interest to those who work on campus, and can’t get to face to face sessions. It is likely to be via Blackboard’s Collaborate  Ultra tool (so you’ll get the chance to be a participant to see what your students see). We’re currently trying to understand what types of training DL staff would find useful, and when it would work (though we acknowledge that it may be difficult to cover all requests at this stage!) We have a...

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Day 1: Innovation in assessment.

This week, we will be looking at innovative approaches to assessment – particularly (though not exclusively) those involving technology. Many staff are already starting to use tools such as Turnitin, Questionmark and My Dundee’s assignment tool for online submission / grading, but this week we’ll be looking at other tools, both those that we have within the University, perhaps in ways that you may not have used them before, and other freely available tools. The plan for the week is : Tuesday – individual students. For example, could we replace a written reflection with a video reflection. Wednesday –...

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