Preparing Assignments for Period 2

Audience: City University Academic and Course Office Staff

Have you rolled over content and assignments for period 2 modules? Then read on for some tips on setting up assignment submission in Moodle.

Assignment types in Moodle

There are a number of assignment types in Moodle, so when you rollover your assignments make sure that you are using an assignment tool that enables your students to submit their files in the correct format and that enables you to mark and provide feedback in an effective way. The which assignment tool? developed by the Educational Technology Team provides you with a traffic light system to help identify the most appropriate assignment tool to meet your requirements.

Assignment information

Once you’ve selected the most appropriate assignment tool ensure that you provide all relevant information to students to help them to complete the assignment. O’Reilly and Kelly (2008, p.240) outline 8 elements that should be included in all online assignment instructions.

  1. Name of the assignment (This should match the name as listed in the module handbook).
  2. Learning objective(s) to which this assignment relates.
  3. When the assignment is due (include this information in the assignment description and tick to display this on the module homepage).
  4. Any resources that you recommend students use to complete the assignment.
  5. Expectations (length, level of effort, number of citations required, etc.).
  6. Level of group participation (individual assignments, group or team projects, and entire class projects).
  7. Process (how students turn in the assignment, if they provide peer review, how peers give feedback, how you give feedback).
  8. Grading criteria (include a rubric if you are using one).

References

O’Reilly, D. and Kelly, K. (2008). Assessment and Evaluation in Education for a Digital World Part 2. [online] Available from: http://www.colfinder.org/materials/Education_for_a_Digital_World/Education_for_a_Digital_World_part2.pdf (Accessed: 8.12.14)

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