Carol Wrycraft - Midkent College


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Carol Wrycraft - Midkent College

  1. 1. Carol Wrycraft MidKent College 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>We have used Moodle Assignments for 18 months now </li></ul><ul><li>This has been combined with the use of other Moodle features such as Forums, Wikis, Glossaries and Quizzes to create a Web 2.0 feel to course assessment </li></ul><ul><li>We have continually modified our methods to suit our learners and ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>Over the past year we have disseminated information to other teaching departments (and other learning providers via JISC webinars) many of whom are now using Moodle and assignments in their own courses. </li></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  3. 3. Typical assignment marking before Moodle <ul><li>Learners’ assignments are submitted on paper </li></ul><ul><li>We mark the work by hand </li></ul><ul><li>We return the assignment with feedback for improvement </li></ul><ul><li>The learners resubmit improved work </li></ul><ul><li>We mark and grade the assignment by hand </li></ul><ul><li>We keep a record of grades for both ourselves and the learners </li></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  4. 4. Some problems with this method <ul><li>Students consider it to be a cumbersome, “old fashioned” way of working </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of paper is used </li></ul><ul><li>Arrangements need to be made for submitting work </li></ul><ul><li>Learners have to fit in with our hand-in times </li></ul><ul><li>Manual tracking needs to be kept to ensure students meet deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Learners lose original work </li></ul><ul><li>Learners lose marked work so the audit trail is lost </li></ul><ul><li>Hand written marking can be difficult to read </li></ul><ul><li>Physical storage space is needed for assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Grades are stored in several different places and are not always easily accessible to learners and personal tutors. </li></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  5. 5. What we did <ul><li>As learners already use Moodle as a primary source of information it made sense to extend this to include assignment submission </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle has an assignment activity ready made </li></ul><ul><li>The “Advanced uploading of files” feature allows learners to submit both a wide range of electronic files and to receive feedback and grades from these </li></ul><ul><li>Marking can be completed electronically using review tools in Microsoft Office or by the insertion of sound files etc </li></ul><ul><li>Learners can receive automatic emails when assignments are marked and can view suggested improvements and grades either from college, home or their workplace. </li></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  6. 6. Benefits so far <ul><li>Learners feel more in control, this has improved rates of submission by deadline and student satisfaction (confirmed in end of year course review meetings) </li></ul><ul><li>Learners are now working independently outside of the classroom environment </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments can be more imaginatively written as the submission of a podcast, video or movie is just as easy as a PowerPoint presentation or a Word document. </li></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  7. 7. Benefits so far cont. <ul><li>Savings in paper and toner costs </li></ul><ul><li>Less carrying and storage required </li></ul><ul><li>Better submission rate as learners can upload their assignments from home in the evening (we set deadlines to 11:55pm) as many learners seem happiest working late in the day </li></ul><ul><li>Improvements are more accurately made as the marking is very precise </li></ul><ul><li>A good audit trail is kept </li></ul><ul><li>The IV process can take place online, so no waiting for work to be sent. </li></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  8. 8. The figures….. <ul><li>We have not yet been able to make a formal study into the use of Moodle, but early findings show: </li></ul><ul><li>60% of students submit assignments outside of college hours </li></ul><ul><li>33% of students submit work between 6pm and 11:55pm </li></ul><ul><li>Improved meeting of first submission deadlines from 50% to 96% </li></ul><ul><li>First markings done electronically take about the same time as by hand, second markings take about 50% of the time that they did by hand. </li></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  9. 9. Some possible negatives <ul><li>The technology can let you down (network or internet issues) </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic marking does not suit everyone, typing or reading screens for long periods of time can be difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Rechecking of improved assignments requires a methodology that suits (learners not deleting comments etc) </li></ul><ul><li>The process of saving and marking work is long-winded </li></ul><ul><li>The Moodle grade book needs adjustment to be clear for staff and learners </li></ul><ul><li>Not all EVs are happy with electronic forms of assignments. </li></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  10. 10. Plans for the future <ul><li>The Moodle grade book needs adjustment to be clear for staff and learners (currently looking at ULCC assessment module) </li></ul><ul><li>The process for saving and marking work and re-uploading it to Moodle needs automating (is the Word plugin going to be of help?) </li></ul><ul><li>Techniques for personalisation need to be explored, although we are looking at eILPs and Moodle 2.0 conditional viewing to help us get started. </li></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  11. 11. Links <ul><li>Assignment example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  12. 12. Create a new assignment for a topic with editing turned on in your course: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  13. 13. Set an assignment name, text, grading scale and due date: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  14. 14. You can choose whether you want to block late entries or not: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  15. 15. Set the number of files that can be uploaded, whether learners can delete files and whether a submit button will be provided: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  16. 16. Individual groups can be set in a course so that only particular learners will be able to see the assignment: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  17. 17. You view assignments using the Activities block in your course: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  18. 18. By clicking on Assignments you can then see the different assignments that you have created and choose to view submitted work: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  19. 19. You can then choose to grade individual assignments: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  20. 20. Assignments can be saved to the assessor’s PC and marked using tools such as the Review comments: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  21. 21. After marking you can upload annotated work and assignment feedback sheets for the learner to access: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  22. 22. You can also give a general comment on the work and automatically email the learner to say that they can access grades and make improvements: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  23. 23. The Grade book in Moodle allows you to see learners’ results: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  24. 24. A learner’s view when submitting assignment tasks: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  25. 25. A learner’s view when submitting assignment tasks: 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft
  26. 26. A learner’s view when an assignment has been marked (learners are only able to see their own assignments and grades): 10/05/10 Carol Wrycraft