A digital approach to assessment support
Megan Blease – Lecturer, School of Community Health and Midwifery
The module leader aimed to develop a completely digital approach to assessment support. This is an example of a Sway presentation used to introduce the module at the start of a semester.
Starting off with a digital approach ensures that although module handbooks are still available for students to access via Blackboard, the key points such as learning outcomes, assignment title and assessment support, are outlined right at the start of the module. In addition to this using the electronic reading lists also ensures that student have digital approaches to searching the literature.
Using this digital approach to module support ensures that students develop digital literature skills right from the beginning and continue to use these skills and develop them throughout the module. During the introduction to the module the students were sign-posted to the Teams space allocated for the module: here they can access module and assessment support.
In addition, it was felt important that if a student uses the old approach to support, via email, their discussion was anonymised and then posted through Teams so that all the students can learn from the query that was raised. Assessment workshops are also held during which ideas are discussed and documented digitally. This provides the students with the resources and support they may need when completing the assessments. Here’s an example using Sway. Using digital approaches has enabled the module leader to provide much more effective support for students.
Continued support throughout the module is offered via Teams and subsequently, all papers are submitted via Turnitin and all grades are taken to board via Grade Entry. From module launch to assessment marking, the experience is a paperless process and the entire module is prepared, taught, supported and graded using a digital approach.