1. What is Summative Assessment Support?
  2. Supporting Technologies
  3. Making it work
  4. Case Studies / Examples

What is Summative Assessment Support?

The guidance below can be used for supporting students completing both individual and group work. There is additional guidance for group projects and group presentations.

Summative assessment should be supported by a clearly presented assessment brief and clearly published marking criteria, followed up with opportunities for students to ask questions and, where possible, receive feedback on draft work. These interventions provide an opportunity for staff to check student process and engagement with the task. FAQs can be developed in response to student queries.
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Supporting Technologies

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Making it work

  • Read the general teaching activity considerations for advice relevant to all approaches
  • Keep the recording of the assessment brief under 15 minutes to focus student attention, and include these key points.
  • Consider using a Blackboard Feedback Rubric to publish assessment criteria. You can subsequently use this to give feedback to students on their submission. Using a No Points type rubric gives greater flexibility.
  • Think about the optimum time to schedule online support sessions in which students can ask questions or seek clarity about the task. Too soon after publishing the assessment brief and students may not have started the assessment, too near the deadline and students may be nearing completing the task and may not have enough time to make necessary changes.
  • Consider providing an opportunity for students to submit a draft of their work for you to comment on. You may find that by providing early formative feedback you provide less summative feedback.
  • If you have set up Turnitin to allow students to upload draft work for formative feedback on their academic writing, tell students how it should be used. The way that you set up and want students to use Turnitin may be different from the way it is used on other modules.
  • Set student expectations for when you will respond to questions posted to the discussion forum about the assessment – and stick to it. Students whose circumstances prevent them from participating in the synchronous online support session(s) may need to rely on this channel of communication. Also, don’t forget to post FAQs based on questions asked in the online support session(s) for the benefit of all students.

Case studies/examples

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This model is part of Production

Students creating products which are assessed.

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