Tag: Assessment

Innovations in STEM teaching

Earlier this year, I attended the HEA STEM 2016 conference. This post details some of the highlights from the event. With a conference theme centred around inspiring, supporting and sharing excellent practice in STEM teaching and learning, I was particularly interested in sessions that focused on innovations in STEM teaching. I found inspiration at ones run…Continue Reading Innovations in STEM teaching

Plagiarism and essay mills

Plagiarism, and in particular the recent burgeoning of so-called essay mills, was the theme of the ALDinHE (London & south-east region) event hosted by the University of Reading on July 22nd 2016. I had the pleasure of attending this lively and stimulating day of presentations and discussion at the University’s verdant London Road campus, a…Continue Reading Plagiarism and essay mills

Lions, CAMLS and neuro-diverse linguists

Sometimes screening students for specific learning differences can be a bit like staggering through a teaching and learning jungle; a place where languages are plenty and, for a dyslexia support tutor, the tools are not quite what you need. Last year, for instance, a student (I’m going to call her ‘Tiger’), whose first language (L1)…Continue Reading Lions, CAMLS and neuro-diverse linguists

Two meanings of “critically analyse”

As an academic skills tutor, I’m often faced with a student clutching a set of assessment criteria containing the phrase “critically analyse”, or a synonym of that instruction.  In my experience, many students understand the broad concept of critical analysis (e.g. being sceptical, not taking information on face value, evaluating evidence, etc), but have difficulty…Continue Reading Two meanings of “critically analyse”

Accessing Turnitin Feedback

Audience: City University London students and staff According to our reports on Moodle assessment activity; there were 18 Turnitin assignments due at the beginning of March. This post highlights how students can access the three different types of feedback that lecturers can provide using GradeMark – Turnitin’s feedback system. Click on the Turnitin assignment from…Continue Reading Accessing Turnitin Feedback

Revisiting Graham Gibbs – Improving Student Learning Through Assessment and Feedback


Learning@City 2013 In 2013 the Learning Development Centre invited Graham Gibbs to be the keynote speaker at our annual learning and teaching conference Learning@City. The theme of the conference was Assessment and Feedback and Graham Gibbs is an expert in that area, having carried out substantial research, much as part of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Transforming…Continue Reading Revisiting Graham Gibbs – Improving Student Learning Through Assessment and Feedback

Providing feedback using GradeMark in Turnitin

Audience: City University London staff Our latest reports on Moodle activity show that we had 22 Turnitin assignment submissions due last week with a further 11 submissions due this week. This post highlights how you can provide feedback and grades using Turnitin’s feedback facility – GradeMark. GradeMark has three different mechanisms for providing feedback on…Continue Reading Providing feedback using GradeMark in Turnitin

Submitting assignments to the upgraded Turnitin Assignment

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Audience: City University students and staff Are you preparing to submit an assignment on Moodle for the first time this academic year? Over the summer, the Turnitin assignment in Moodle was upgraded. This means that there is an improved workflow for submitting assignments – meaning less tabs for you to navigate and the ability to…Continue Reading Submitting assignments to the upgraded Turnitin Assignment

External Examiners Moodle 2.6 Guidance

Audience: City University staff & External Examiners External Examiners – Guidance updated for Moodle 2.6 External Examiners play an important part in maintaining high, nationally comparable, standards for programmes at City. To help enhance our programmes and observe fair practice in the assessment of students’ academic performance, staff from outside the institution may be asked…Continue Reading External Examiners Moodle 2.6 Guidance

Quiz Improvements in Moodle 2.6

Audience: City University staff. This blog post explores the new features of the Quiz activity in Moodle. Quiz autosave There is a new auto-save facility on the Quiz which will be especially useful for students working on longer essay questions or when students experience a connection problem when taking a Quiz that would previously have…Continue Reading Quiz Improvements in Moodle 2.6