Assessment and feedback
The main purposes of assessment are to provide:
a guide to student learning, directing students' attention to what is important.
feedback to students on their progress towards the achieving of desired learning outcomes.
feedback for teachers so that they can identify where it will be most productive to direct their teaching efforts.
a tool to determine, report and certify student learning outcome achievement.
LearnJCU provides a number of tools that can be used to test students’ understanding, allow them to securely submit assignments electronically, manage and organise assessment data, and provide feedback on submitted work.
Tests and surveys are a useful way to test students’ understanding or key concepts, or provide evaluative feedback. A range of question types, multimedia functionality, and feedback options are available.
The Assignment tool is dropbox for electronic submission and bulk download of any file type. Materials submitted via the assignment dropboxes are not checked for originality.
Safe Assign is an anti-plagiarism tool that allows students to submit text assignments electronically via an online dropbox and provides an originality report that matches against documents on the internet as well as documents submitted by other students at JCU and globally.
A rubric is a grading tool that lists assessment criteria for an assignment and provides online feedback to students on their level of achievement on those criteria. Rubrics help articulate the requirements of an assessment task and can be used to explain assessment decisions.
The Grade Centre allows teaching staff to record, organise and display assessment data such as scores and grades for all students in a subject and also provide feedback to students
The Self and Peer Assessment tool allows teaching staff to set questions and marking criteria for students to review and assess their own submissions and those of other students.