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You need to ensure that students have access to all assessment information. For information on how to build assessments and organise grades in VU Collaborate, read further for the common questions on these tools.
Use the Setup wizard when building your grade book.
There should be a tab in the content titled ‘Assessment Information’ where information about all of the assessments are stored. If you are using dropboxes for written assessments such as reports, you will also need to put the assessment information and description in the dropbox folder.
Creating a Dropbox folder is done in a few steps. When creating assessments, ensure that you always link to a grade item. You also need to be careful of your start date, due date and end dates when creating an assessment as these control accessibility of the assessment dropbox to students.
Add in assessment instructions in the ‘Instructions’ field and attach the assessment instructions file with the ‘Add a File’ tab. This will ensure that students have access to all instructions they need in multiple locations; no reason for not knowing what they need to do.
Turnitin is an electronic text matching system that compares text in a piece of work against a database of sources. It can be useful for marking and as a learning tool for students to improve their academic writing. There are Turnitin dropbox folders for students to test in the Student Induction Collaborate space.
See how to enable Turnitin in Step 5 in this help guide. Note that if you want students to view their originality reports after submitting to an Assessment Dropbox, ensure that the “Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their dropbox folder” setting is selected.
The attendance tool within VU Collaborate allows teaching staff to create and monitor attendance for teaching sessions. See how to create an attendance register for different parts of your unit such as tutorials and eliminate the need for paper based attendance recording.