Your MySCU Learning Site includes tools that can be used to offer a variety of assessment types to students in your unit. The assessment types allow students to electronically submit assessment attempts and MySCU stores them for marking and maintains a centralised record of student results. The SCU unit template includes an Assessment Details content area where assessments can be created or linked for easy access by your students. It also contains an Assessment Help area where your students can source help resources regarding their assessment and a View Grades area where they can monitor the progress of their assessment submissions and see their results.
MySCU has a centralised Grade Centre that collects and stores all student submissions, results and feedback. You can easily monitor the assessment submissions that require your attention using the Needs Grading page.
Your assessment strategy must be consistent with the assessment details provided by Unit Assessors as part of the preparation of the Unit Information Guide (UIG) for your unit. The UIG preparation takes place using the University's Unit and Course Management System (UCMS) and includes standard University processes for unit amendment and UIG quality assurance.
Once the UIG process is completed and prior to the commencement of the teaching session, the UIG document is automatically uploaded to the Unit Overview content area of your Learning Site. Availability of the UIG to students is a mandatory requirement of every Learning Site.
Turnitin assignments are a type of MySCU assessment that allows for electronic originality checking of submitted documents for the purposes of promoting the academic integrity of students and helping to reduce the incidence of plagiarism. It is University policy to use text matching software in all SCU coursework award units and higher degree theses unless specific exemption is granted by the relevant Head of School. Turnitin can be used as the sole method of assignment submission or, where unsuitable (e.g. for group assignments), it can be set up as an additional function for use by students and teaching staff alongside other methods of assignment submission.
Turnitin assignments now include the use of GradeMark, Turnitin's inline grading system that allows you to mark and process Turnitin assignments electronically within your Learning Site. Marker's comments and feedback can be annotated directly onto the submission and marks entered are automatically transferred to the student's record in the Grade Centre.
The Blackboard assignment tool is an electronic assignment tool that allows students to submit any type of digital file (e.g. .doc, .docx, .pdf, .xls, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4). Assignment instructions can be provided using the content editor as well as by attaching files. Students can submit multiple files, and group assignments (where the same mark is awarded to each group member for a collaborative submission) are supported. Blackboard assignments include an inline grading function where assignments can be marked on-screen using tools that allow annotations to be placed on the submission electronically, in addition to provision of separate feedback and grade, allowing for efficient processing of submitted assignments.
The test tool creates an assessment where students answer a series of questions. The types of questions that you can create include multiple choice, true/false, calculated, short answer and essay. Point values are assigned to each question as you create them. Most question types are automatically graded immediately after the student submits their attempt, with results being stored in the Grade Centre. If all questions used in a test are auto-graded, students can find out their result as soon as they complete the test (if you want them to).
In addition to assignments and tests, you are also able to allocate marks for student interaction activities, such as posting in discussion forums, making blog and journal entries, contributing to wikis and participating in Blackboard Collaborate sessions. Enabling grading for these tools is a relatively straightforward process and results in columns for the marks being created in the Grade Centre as well as notification of student submissions/contributions on the Needs Grading page. Grading can be enabled as part of the process for creating the tool or can be applied after creation by editing the settings of the tool.
The Assessment Details content area in the SCU unit template is where students can easily find the assessment tools for the unit. It is strongly recommended that all tests, surveys, Blackboard assignments and Turnitin assignments are created in this content area, using the Assessment pull-down menu on the action bar.
Gradable interaction activities such as discussion forums, blogs, journals, wikis and Collaborate sessions will be created within those interactive tools. In order to have these activities accessible to students in the Assessment Details content area, links to each can be added.
The Grade Centre is MySCU's centralised database for storing and managing student assessment attempts, results, student feedback and for calculation of final grades. Assessment events created within MySCU are automatically accommodated within the Grade Centre which also allows for manually created columns for assessment events that take place outside MySCU. The Needs Grading page notifies you of student submissions and contributions, streamlining the management and marking of assessment attempts and processing of results.