eLearning: Online Assessment

There are many online tools available that allow you and your tutor to check how your learning is progressing. Below is a list of some that you may encounter while at University. Some will give you immediate feedback on how well you did while some will require your tutor to mark and supply feedback. Others may not be assessed directly; however, you will use them to collect evidence to inform work that is being assessed.

  • Students working at computersAssignment Submission – Moodle and other learning management systems have tools which allow you to upload assignments. These assignments are written offline and then you log into Moodle and upload your file. This is just a mechanism to allow the electronic delivery of files to your tutor.
  • Quiz – Can consist of a variety of question types eg multiple choice; multiple answer; short answer. These will be automatically marked by the programme and you may get immediate feedback. Quizzes are often used to allow you to check the progress of your learning.
  • Online Text – A short answer question - perhaps 1 or 2 paragraphs that you write and submit online. Your teacher will mark and give feedback.
  • Reflective Journals are online spaces where you can keep reflections about your learning, akin to a private diary. These may be assessed directly by the teacher or you may be asked to write a commentary or report using the reflections as evidence or examples within the commentary.
  • ePortfolio – A space where you can collect a range of files and reflections to support your learning. These can be assessed in different ways and your tutor will inform you of requirements. Often they are assessed in similar ways to the Reflective Journal.
  • Forum – Also known as discussion boards. These may or may not be assessed. Assessment may be on the quality of individual posts, your overall contribution or your engagement with the discussion taking place. Check with your tutor if you are not sure what is expected.
  • Lesson – A lesson is a collection of materials that can often have some assessment built in. Typically you will work through some material or activity and then be tested on your understanding. The tests will normally consist of multiple choice questions or short answer questions.
  • Glossary – A glossary is a collection of words with associated definitions. You will normally be asked to create definitions which may consist of text and/or web links and journal references.
  • Website – You may be asked to develop some web pages as part of project based work. You will normally be given access to the tools to do this. Assessment may be on the content that you create, on the design and the ability to convey your message or a combination of both. Check with your tutor if you are not sure what is expected.