Assessment & Feedback

Policy requirements

Note: all assessment, whether delivered online or not, needs to operate within the terms of the Assessment for Learning Policy and the Assignment Submission – Required Process Policy

Providing access for External Examiners

In the case of providing access to modules for external examiners please read our advice on Adding external users to modules.

Digital technologies are a valuable way of supporting and enhancing how assessment and feedback are delivered. These pages contain guides to the different tools available at USW as well as information about the benefits of technology-enhanced learning (and the different tools and approaches contained within this).

About technology enhanced assessment

There are many forms of technology enhanced assessment, it’s not just submitting papers online.

Turnitin & Grademark

Turnitin & Grademark are a suite of tools that enable online assignment submission, generate originality reports on these assignments, provide online grading & feedback tools. These pages provide information about why each tool may be useful and a full set of step-by-step guides to using them.

Blackboard Assignment Tool

Blackboard has its own system for the submission, grading and feedback of online assignments. These pages provide information about how to use this tool and how it differs from the Turnitin Assignments.

Peermark – peer assessments through Turnitin

Peermark is a peer assessment tool that uses the Turnitin system so that assignments can be submitted as usual before being distributed among students for peer feedback on it in a manner specified by the tutor. These guides will show you the various options that PeerMark provides and show you how the finished assignments will look and function for both tutors trying to monitor and mark the assignments, and students trying to submit assignments and peer feedback.

Blackboard’s Peer and Self Assessment tool

Blackboard has its own system for self and peer assessment so that assignments can be submitted as usual before being distributed among students for peer feedback on it in a manner specified by the tutor. These guides will show you the various options that the Blackboard tool provides.

Alternatives to written feedback

The University’s Assessment for Learning Policy requires that all assignment feedback should, unless agreed by exception, be returned online. UniLearn has a number of options for doing this. Some of these will only be available to certain submission types, but other options are available for all assignments – whether they are summative or formative activities.

QMP – QuestionMarkPerception

QMP is used for in-class tests, exams, surveys and drives the Module Evaluation system. It has greater functionality than the Blackboard Tests system and can be used for a greater range of assessments. These pages contain information about the question types and functionality of QMP, and a step-by-step guide.

  • Read about QMP

Blackboard tests and surveys

Blackboard has its own system of tests and surveys that allow you to create a bank of questions that can provide instant grading and feedback to students. These pages contain guides to using these tools.

Blackboard Grade Centre

Grade Centre is an important feature in your Blackboard modules. It’s where all the grade information for all assessments will be shown, and it has lots of features to help you make the best use of the available data. These pages contain information about the benefits of using Grade Centre and step-by-step instructions for many of the common uses.

Group Assignments

Group assignments can be set up to enable a group of students to submit together. They are then graded and given feedback as a group (though individual grades can be overridden).

Achievements – badges and certificates

The achievements tool allows academics to provide rewards to students in the form of digital badges and certificates when they have met certain criteria such as passed tests, accessed readings, and completing activities.

Assessment Diaries

Assessment Diaries provides a personalised calendar of assessment events for students, based on the Quercusplus assessment pattern, and the module leader’s dates. These pages explain the Assessment Diary system and contain step-by-step guides to viewing and editing the assessments listed for your modules.

Electronic Voting Systems

Electronic voting systems can add value to the classroom experience in many ways. These pages set out how they can be useful and what systems the university supports.

Assessment Coversheets for hard copy submission (Barcodes)

    If it is not possible to submit work online, students may (if agreed in advance at Faculty level) submit a hard copy of their work to the agreed submission point. Students will be required to print and submit with a coversheet. This is available under Hot Links on the home page on Blackboard. The guide How do I find my coversheet, will also show you how they can do this.

Personal development

For training workshops, webinars and drop-in sessions related to assessment and feedback, check out our Staff Development page.

For case studies on innovative practice from colleagues across the University, visit our Good Practice Exchange — Online Assessment.