What Assessment Tools are available?

The main tool available for online assignment submission at UQ are Turnitin and the Blackboard assignment tool. Other centrally support tools include ePortfolio, Blogs, Journals, Discussion boards and Tests.

Why would I use Online Assignment Submission and Marking Tools?

Online assignment submission and marking tools facilitate eficient and reliable assignment submission for students, and faster and more efficient assignment marking for teaching staff. Asssignments are immediately available to teaching staff for marking, and once marked are quickly available to students for reflection.

Turnitin

Overview

Turnitin is the most popular choice for individual text-based assignments (e.g. Word, PDF and PowerPoint) submission. Turnitin has an online marking and feedback capability which includes a text matching function to help coordinators gauge originality. The text matching report compares submissions with web content, previously submitted assignments and journals. Refer to the Turnitin tool guide.

Advantages

  • Originality report.
  • A range of rubrics are available, including points, percentages and qualitative.
  • Comment bank functionality.

Disadvantages

  • No group assignment functionality
    • One member of the group will need to submit for all group members.
    • Marks will need to be manually entered for non-submitting group members.
    • The student who submits the assignment will need to download the feedback and share it with other group members.
  • Final results are rounded to a whole number (i.e. 9.5 will be rounded to 10).
  • Rubrics do not allow mark ranges. A Grade form is an alternative option.
  • Does not allow the submission of links to artefacts produced online i.e. Prezi, Padlet or websites.

Blackboard Assignments

Overview

Blackboard assignments can be used for both individual and group assignment submission. Using the Groups and Blackboard Assignment tool in combination allows you to set up group project submission links. Any student in the group can submit the assignment and all members automatically receive the assignment results and feedback. The Blackboard online marking function allows you to annotate assignments and provide feedback using a rubric. Refer to the Blackboard Assignment and Groups tool guides

Advantages

  • Originality report
  • Rubrics allow mark ranges.
  • Final results include decimal points.
  • Allows the submission of all file types.
  • Allows the submission of links to artefacts produced online i.e. Prezi, Padlet or websites.

Disadvantages

  • No Originality report.
  • No comment banks.

Video Assignments

Kaltura, UQ's eLearning video server can be used by students to submit video assignments. You can also set up submission links using the Blackboard Assignment tool which allows you to use the online marking function to give comments and feedback using a rubric. Refer to the Video and Audio upload and Blackboard Assignment tool guides.

ePortfolio

Overview

The ePortfolio can be used for work integrated learning, reflective, showcase and collaborative assessments across a program a program or major. Assessment can be mapped to outcomes (professional standards, learning outcomes or graduate attributes) and students' progress against these outcome tracked. Refer to the ePortfolio tool guide.

Advantages

  • Assessment feedback can be provided by non UQ staff. i.e. Practicum supervisors
  • Turnitin Originality report available.
  • A range of rubrics are available, including points, percentages and qualitative.
  • Final results include decimal points.
  • Comment bank functionality.
  • Tracking of outcomes across a program or major.
  • Outcome and rubric analytics.

Disadvantages

  • Rubrics do not allow mark ranges.
  • Collaborative assessment results are not returned to Grade Centre.
  • Collaborative group assignment submission
    • One member of the group will need to submit for all group members.
    • Marks will need to be manually entered in Grade Centre for all members.
    • The student who submits the assignment will need to download the feedback and share it with other group member.

Blogs and Journals

Overview

Blogs and Journals are an online diary like tool to which students can regularly post reflections on learning experiences or activities. A journal entry can include links to resources, multimedia as well as text, unlike a blog, journals can only be viewed and commented on by teaching staff, not by other students in the course. Blogs can be viewed and commented on by other course members. Refer to Blogs and Journals tool guide.

Advantages

  • Student posts can be viewed at any time.
  • Posts can include links to resources, multimedia as well as text.
  • When using a blog students can give feedback on each others' work.
  • Journals are private and are only viewable by teaching staff.

Disadvantages

  • Usually all submissions are marked at the same time.
  • No originality reports.

Discussion boards

Overview

A discussion board can be used for short question and answer style collaboration between students. 

Advantages

  • Discussion boards allow marking of individual submission or contribution across a semester.
  • Students can give feedback on each others' work.
  • The "Post first" set up can be used to ensure student enter their own response before they can view the responses of other students.

Disadvantages

  • No originality report.
  • Posts are visible to all students.

Tests

Overview

The test tool allows you to create online quizzes, tests and exams that include both automatically and teaching staff marked questions. Refer to the Tests and Pool tool guide.

Advantages

  • Automatic marking
  • Results transferred to Grade Centre
  • Randomisation of answers and question order.
  • Questions can be randomly selected from questions pools

Disadvantages

  • Tests are not invigilated