In week 7 of Session 1 2017 the Arts Faculty is moving to a new Online Unit Moderation Report.
As you know, the new Assessment policy explicitly states:
“Moderation will occur at all stages of the assessment life-cycle, including unit planning, task design of the assessment regime, standards, pre-marking, post-marking and evaluation.”
To support convenors in undertaking moderation throughout the assessment life-cycle, an Online Unit Moderation Report was made available to unit convenors in session 2 2016. This has now been replaced by the new Online Unit Moderation report. You will see that the interface has changed and your feedback regarding the Qualtrix trial has been incorporated into the new report. These improvements include a more streamlined screen design, removal of dates, and a simpler process to log in and publish reports.
You can now access the new Online Unit Moderation Report. To do so,
Go to the Quicklinks block (top right-hand side of all Faculty of Arts iLearn units)
Select the Teaching Support (staff only) link. You will need to log in using your OneID user name and password.
Scroll down to the Online Unit moderation report section to access both the links to your Online Unit Moderation Report and resources.
When you access the report for the first time you must select your department and the units you are convening for 2017.
To see how to log in,
Go to the Link to Resources and click.
Scroll down to the Convenor Guide for the Online Moderation Report link.
We hope that you find the new Online Unit Moderation Report simple to use, and a useful tool in helping you to engage in moderation throughout the assessment life-cycle of your units of study.
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With the recent successful upgrade to improve the functions of iLearn there are 3 improveme
nts that you need to be aware of;
Turnitin v2 assignments will no longer be included in the cloning process when creating a new unit for S1. Turnitin assignments will need to be recreated in the newly cloned units.
Turnitin v2 assignments sending emails to unit convenor(s) for every assignment submissions. Steps to resolve this issue:
a. Login to iLearn
b. Click on your user name at the top of page and click on Preferences. See screenshot 1. c. Click on Messaging d. Go to Turnitin assignment 2 Email settings. See screenshot 2. e. Untick email options for – Turnitin Assignment Instructor Digital Receipt notifications > When I’m logged in Turnitin Assignment Instructor Digital Receipt notifications > When I’m offline f. Go to bottom of the page and click on Save changes. See screenshot 3.
2. Gradebook categories and grade items
If a unit included turnitin v1 or v2 assignments and is cloned to a new unit – the categories and custom grade items in the Gradebook will not currently be kept – we are looking into ways to resolve this issue in the future.
3. Moodle assignment – PDF annotation doesn’t keep correct location in full screen mode
When using the pdf annotation for the moodle assignment the annotation location doesn’t get saved correctly when using the full screen view (see screen shot 4 where the annotation is made in full screen and screen shot 5 where it shows after saving) . We recommend using the default split view for making annotations.
Also note that Turnitin Feedback Studio (the revamp of GradMark) is now available in Turnitin. Turnitin Feedback Studio still offers all the functionalities of GradeMark, but with a simplified, more intuitive interface.
To get acquainted with the upgraded Turnitin Feedback Studio, you can try it out with the Interactive Demo.
You will still be able to switch back to the old view by clicking on the link in the document viewer until June 2017. If you would like any additional help with Feedback Studio you can come to the Drop-in Clinic for one on one help.
Long anticipated, yet over in what seems like the blink of an eye – for all our newly enrolled undergraduate students beginning their program of study here at Macquarie, Week 1 of teaching session is such a pivotal moment in their learning lifecycle.
With that in mind, I would like to tender my manifold thanks to all 100-level unit convenors and casual academic staff who supported Macquarie’s Week 1 Tutorial initiative. You might be interested to know that Arts offers 60 100-level units in Session 1 2017, and these units provide our newly enrolled coursework students with their first University learning experience of undergraduate education in the Faculty.
To continue our support for this initiative, please drop by our Arts Community of Practice. In addition to the developing range of resources for students, convenors, and casual academic staff, within the next week or so you’ll be able to view a selection of video grabs highlighting best practice in crafting an engaging, informative and community-building Week 1 tutorial experience.
I encourage all staff teaching into the 100-level program this session to build on the community of practice facilitated by this initiative, especially in relation to its core principles – understanding the unit and its learning outcomes; understanding the unit’s assessment schedule, requirements and due dates; understanding the principles of academic integrity; and participating with peers as a member of a learning community.
Written by Associate Professor Peter Keegan, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Arts
Have you often wondered what your students were up to in the maze that is iLearn? There are so many things to keep track of! Students spending time (or not) on iLearn. Students submitting assignments on time (or not). Students responding to forums posts (or not). Students doing well in assignments (or not).
How can you identify students that may be struggling and at risk of falling behind, and even perhaps, either withdrawing or failing? There are reports in iLearn you can use. However, from session 1 this year there is a new plugin that brings learning analytics to iLearn.
The Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin (MEAP) can track which students you deem at risk of falling behind. It allows you to create a customised profile of an “at-risk student” in your unit, send personalised, tailored emails to students that meet that profile. Provide you (and your HOD) with a record of what you have done to help your students.
MQU staff have been piloting MEAP for three sessions and it is now available to convenors on iLearn. However, to ensure that students have a quality learning experience and that convenors get the most out of MEAP, convenors must attend a MEAP workshop before it is activated in their unit. Alternatively, if you are one of the convenors that have already used MEAP during the pilot, the workshop is optional and MEAP can be activated in your unit.