Using Moodle Quizzes for summative (credit-bearing) assessment

Assessment Considerations

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Summative assessment is the process of evaluating (and grading) the learning of students at a point in time (vs formative assessments which is used to assist and guide classroom instruction, and are not typically factored into the grade point average of students). Summative assessments are typically made available at the end of an academic year or at a pre-determined time during the course.

Why use a quiz for summative assessment?

  • Variety of question types available – Utilisation of the strength of different question types to evaluate student thinking and performance.
  • Inter-scorer reliability – Quizzes are auto-marked ensuring objectivity.
  • Speed of marking – Results are available immediately without requiring manual staff handling.
  • Flexible provision of feedback – Feedback may be provided both for individual questions (i.e. correct and incorrect) and the overall test.
  • Reports – Each question can be analysed using an auto-generated report.
  • Re-usable questions – A question bank can be built up with items added and removed. This also enables randomisation of questions.

 

Summative quiz assessment can set up in the following formats:

(a) In-class Test

is a time-constrained summative assessment, which contributes to the student credit rating for a particular module and is conducted within the university campus.


(b) Invigilated Exam

is a time-constrained summative assessment, which contributes to the student credit rating for a particular module and is conducted under formal examination conditions and supervised by an exam invigilator. At City, all exams are organised by the Exam Office and strictly adhered to the City University exam policies and regulations.


(c) Take-home Assessment

is a time-constrained summative assessment, which contributes to the student credit rating for a particular module and is conducted online via the university’s Moodle platform.