The Centre for Education Futures has developed a range of resources to assist with the setup and management of assessment items within the LMS. Click on the checklist below for resources for each stage of assignment setup.

If you are ready to start creating an assignment in the LMS we have resources available for each stage of assignment setup.

Creating a Blackboard assignment with SafeAssign (8 steps)

This will assist you in the set up of a text based assessment item within Blackboard assignment, utilising SafeAssign for text matching.

Marking a Blackboard Assignment (6 steps)

The Assessment & Feedback Futures Team have developed a checklist featuring micro-videos, to assist staff who would like to mark Blackboard assignments online.

Marking online into a column (4 steps)

The Assessment & Feedback Futures Team have developed an online marking checklist featuring micro-videos, to assist staff who would like to mark directly into a column in the Grade Centre. Providing feedback to students via a column in the full Grades Centre is useful for providing feedback on work that is not submitted to the LMS – or that is not text based assessment - for example a tutorial presentation, a demonstration, or a model or other artefact.

Marking directly into the grade centre eliminates the need to double-handle the data or re-enter the marks at a later date, and provides accountability through a record of all changes to the grade, in case of student appeal.

Setting up a rubric in the LMS (5 steps)

The Assessment & Feedback Futures Team have developed a checklist featuring micro-videos, to assist staff who would like to set up a rubrics in the LMS. The University Policy on Assessment requires that either a rubric or marking key is used, and published to students, for each assessment item. Ideally, this rubric should be published to students both before the assessment is due and afterwards as part of their feedback (which must be provided on all assessed items).

The Assessment & Feedback Futures team have developed a range of infographics and tools focused on Assessment and Feedback for staff.

  • The Self-Assessment Questionnaire will enable you to check if your assessments will need to be adjusted for 2018. We encourage you to use it to assess where you require support.
  • A 2017 Check-list can be found here.
  • Help guides for the teaching and learning tools in Blackboard can also be explored in this interactive mind map (PDF) which links to the online help guides for each Blackboard tool.
  • This guide can also help you decide which tools to use for engagement and assessment - You can examine each tool's strengths and weaknesses, and if you know what you want to achieve you can pick a column and follow it to see which tool is best for the job.
  • This infographic clarifies the policy requirements around the number, type and weighting of assessment items:

    Assessment Items & Weightings

  • The following principles of assessment can be achieved with thoughtful use of the following tools in Blackboard Learn:

    Clarify good performance
    Rubric, Modelling, Syllabus, Discussion, Collaborate (recordable briefings and clinics)
    Deliver timley high quality feedback.
    Rubrics, Tests (automated feedback), Assignment (inline grading), Blog, Journal, Self and Peer Assessment, Audio and video feedback (Grader App), Collaborate (voice feedback)
    Develop self-assessment and reflection
    Portfolio, Rubrics, Tests (automated feedback), Journal, Self and Peer Assessment, My Grades
    Encourage interaction and dialogue
    Discussions, Journal, Blog, Wiki, Peer and Self-Assessment, Assignment (draft review), Groups, Community, Mobile Learn, Collaborate (shared whiteboard, shared screen, vote, chat, emoticions, breakout rooms)
    Encourage positive motivational beliefs
    Formative Feedback (all tools), My Grades, Rubric, Self and Peer Assessment, Badges, Mobile Learn
    Encourage time & effort on task
    Adaptive Release, Regular formative tests, Portfolio, Journal, Blog, Groups, Wiki, Announcements, Calendar, Collaborate (clinics and progress meetings)
    Give assessment choice
    Surveys – new SPOT
    Inform and shape your teaching
    Grade Centre, Dashboard, Surveys, Collaborate (focus group)
    Provide opportunities to act on feedback
    Formative feedback (all tools), Assignment and Test (multiple attempts), Journals, Blogs, Wikis, Discussion, Gradebook, Collaborate (voice feedback)

If you would like to redesign the assessment and feedback structure in your unit, please register for a Carpe Diem workshop. More information can be found on the Carpe Diem website .

If you have already completed a Carpe Diem workshop, you can do an Assessment and Feedback Check-up workshop, to focus on ensuring your assessments meet the requirements for 2018.

Assessment & Feedback Check-up

This ninety-minute active workshop is aimed at staff who have completed a Carpe Diem workshop in the past and will cover:

  • Self-assessing your policy compliance
  • Workshopping your unit’s assessment and feedback structure with your peers
  • Structuring and mapping the timing of your unit’s assessment and feedback

This session typically requires a minimum of three participants to run. Please check our upcoming dates, or contact the Centre for Education Futures to organise a session specifically for your work area.

Creating a digital assignment

This sixty-minute demonstration or ninety-minute practical workshop is aimed at unit co-ordinators and will cover:

  • Entering essential information
  • Using SafeAssign
  • Understanding your anonymity and moderation options
  • Displaying the submission point and grades to students

This session typically requires a minimum of eight participants to run. Please contact the Centre for Education Futures to organise a session time.

Online marking

This sixty-minute demonstration or ninety-minute practical workshop is aimed at marking staff (including unit co-ordinators and tutors) and will cover:

  • Locating and organising your marking
  • Marking work without a text-based submission
  • Marking with a rubric
  • Accessing and interpreting a SafeAssign report
  • Inline marking

This session typically requires a minimum of eight participants to run. Please contact the Centre for Education Futures to organise a session time.
  

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