The work that has already been undertaken into the process of
electronic assignment submission has given us a good idea of what
works well with students. Below is our Best Practice guide to
Top 5 Tips - click each for more detail
- Use Moodle's Assignment
- Give students access to
- Create a mock
- Provide clear
- Set out expectations for file
Use Moodle's Assignment activity
Moodle is not a perfect solution and will not
cater for absolutely every situation, but it is the most competent
of our current options.
- Moodle is a very secure system and data is stored on
- Moodle is backed up
- Moodle will store the files, so you can always get to them
- Moodle lets you see when assignments have been submitted and
which ones are late
- Moodle lets you download all the files in one go
- Moodle lets you attach amended files back to students
- Moodle lets you give students grades for work
Note. Using a combination of TurnitinUK and
Grademark is a viable alternative for those people who
don't mind marking on screen and who have a reliable internet
connection. If in doubt about which to use, contact a member of the
Technology Enhanced Learning team.
Give students access to support resources
If you can give students access to online support resources and
make sure they are clearly signposted, they are much more likely to
have a positive e-Submission experience.
It is recommended that you give your students link
to the following resources, within all modules using
Create a mock assignment
Creating a mock assignment is a great idea for the following
- It gives students the chance to practice the e-Submission
process in a low-stakes environment.
- It gives tutors the chance to experience of the process and
gain confidence that it will work for them.
- Any problems are highlighted well in advance of final
- Issue can be addressed and resolved early.
- A successful and stress free tutor and student experience
is more likely for the final summative piece.
You can create a mock assignment in the same way as you would
create a regular assignment (see
the guide), but obviously you would change the dates, title and
description to make sure students know that it is a test area.
Provide clear signposting
You should provide clear links to the assignments and supporting
documents such as the printable and multimedia guides.
To aid this, it is recommended that you create a topic area on
the homepage of the module with the following information:
TITLE: Electronic Assignment
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: This topic area contains
important supporting information and links to resources, which will
help you get the most out of e-Submission. Direct links to your
assignments are also available through this area.
Set out expectations for file formats
The more detail you can give students prior to submission, the
more effective the overall process appears to become. One of the
main issues facing academic staff is receiving work in a variety of
different formats, which they can't view or mark.
The computers on campus, have several 'readers' installed. This
means that all Microsoft Word and Microsoft Works documents
can be read on campus. There is also a version of Open Office
installed on all staff machines. However, you may find at home that
you'll have to install some extra software in order to view
students' work. These can be found through an
internet search using Google, or another search
engine of your choice.
Specifying exactly what format you would like to receive work in
will make your job much easier when it comes to marking the
assignments. All students have access to Microsoft Word whilst on
campus, and many have this installed on their own personal
computers. Those students who do use Open Office can save their
files in the .doc format.
The best practice suggestion is that you specify to students,
that you wish to receive their final piece of work in Microsoft
Word format, unless you are confident that you will be able to read
work submitted in a range of formats.