Essential Block Model Information
From 2018, the first year of all bachelor degrees taught at VU Melbourne campuses will see units delivered in the block model. Each unit is taught on its own rather than at the same time as other units so it is more focussed and immersive. Students have more one-on-one time with educators as they complete each unit and a significantly more collaborative and enriching learning experience. In 2019, all second year units will also be taught in the block model and in 2020, all undergraduate units and courses will be taught in the block model.
The block model is comprised of short bursts of teaching and learning, called blocks. Each block focuses on one unit and is four weeks long, contains 11 sessions, with up to four days between blocks to prepare for the next. The year is broken up into 10 four-week blocks: two semesters of four blocks each, and a block each for the winter and summer breaks (voluntary enrolment).
Each unit has three 2-3 hour, face-to-face teaching sessions per week. Teaching sessions are scheduled over three days, in multiple combinations of days and times (morning, afternoon and evening). Units with labs and Prac classes have additional teaching time.
New delivery spaces for teaching in VU Collaborate are made ready 2 weeks before class starts which is the beginning of week 3 of each block. To see information about the different types of spaces and when they change, see these guides.
Here is a short video - First Year Model explained in 60 seconds
Everything you need know about Final Friday
Prior to Final Friday
Final Fridays are the last Friday of a four week block of teaching. It is a time for the moderation and signing off of final marks and for unit reviews to take place, not for the actual marking itself to occur.
The following checks should be undertaken in order to ensure that all submitted work has been marked.
- Ungraded Submissions - It’s easy to miss late submissions, resubmissions and so on - check the Grading and Publishing to Students help guide.
- Unpublished Grades - When using a rubric to grade assessments it is important to click Save and Record. Also remember to check all grades for all assessment dropboxes are Published. Check the Marking rubrics in Dropbox and Providing Feedback and Grading within VU Collaborate help guides.
- Assessment Items Submitted in Unopenable Formats - The best way to avoid this is to state the format required clearly in assessment instructions and continually reiterate in class the format in which you require assessments to be submitted. Turnitin does not recognise many file formats so it is not possible to check for plagiarism, nor to mark up the text on VU Collaborate.
- Rubrics not working on iPad or iPhone - If you’re having trouble using Rubrics on your iPad or iPhone download and use the free “Puffin” browser from the App Store.
On Final Friday
Here are the things to remember about Final Fridays:
a) If you are from First Year College - Attend 9:00 AM Kick off meeting in The Hive at Footscray park (A202).
b) If you are from any other college - Speak to the Director of Learning and Teaching of the college, to find out how, when and where the results will be recorded.
a) Moderation of Assessment - This is to be undertaken during the delivery of a block in accordance with Assessment for Learning – Moderation and Validation Procedure (HE). You will have a form to complete for this.
b) Rounding up of Grades - Grades ending in a decimal point of .5 or higher will be rounded up and .4 or less will be rounded down. This will happen automatically. Unit convenors should consider, in consultation with teaching staff, where to round up any other marks.
c) L Grades - “L” or “Withheld” Grades are usually only given when a student has been granted an extension or special consideration. Check with a member of the leadership team, if you wish to give an “L” grade for any other reason. These go into the Gradebook as a Callista Code.
Finalising Grades in the Grade Book
a) L Grades - The only Letter Grade to be entered in VU Collaborate Grade Book is “L”. This is to be entered in the “Callista Result Code” column. If an “L’ Grade is entered in this column, then no numerical grade will be published to the student at this time.
b) Final Grades that require no adjustment - These will automatically be calculated by VU Collaborate and will appear in the “Final Calculated Grade” Column.
c) Final Grades that require adjustment - Final grades which require adjustment, such as a 49% which you wish to alter to 50%, are to be entered in the “Final Adjusted Grade" Column.
Signing off on Grades
a) Unit Review - Once grades are finalised, unit teams can reconvene to review the unit and complete a moderation form.
b) Sign Off - Once all the above procedures have been completed, Unit Convenors are to check final grades for final sign off. Once signed off, results are saved in VU Collaborate.
Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au for further technical support.