Paperless assessment via VLE: the pros and the cons

Whatley, J and Heinze, A 2006, 'Paperless assessment via VLE: the pros and the cons' , Innovative Learning in Action, 6 , pp. 19-20.

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The aim of this short paper is to share our experience of paperless assessment using the submission facility provided in the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). An important part of a tutor’s work is monitoring and assessing students’ work on modules of study, in order to measure progress and attainment. Assessment may be continuous throughout the module to help students progress by providing feedback on their learning, or it may be a final summative examination to measure attainment at the end of the module. Most modules make use of a combination of the two types of assessment. In the Research and Information Technology Skills (RITS) module in Salford Business School, we have endeavoured to use the Blackboard VLE to manage a portfolio of continuous assessment exercises and a final summative examination. This Level 1 module comprises activities to develop Information Communication Technology (ICT) and research skills, and is an important foundation for new students, both to encourage good study habits and to ensure that a minimum level of expertise in skills is achieved. Student numbers on this module were about 40 this year.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ILIA is the University of Salford's in-house journal. ILIA issue 6: Innovative practice in assessment.
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Innovative Learning in Action
Publisher: Education Development Unit, University of Salford
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr Aleksej Heinze
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2009 17:11
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:08

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