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Student confidence: online submission of work

With web enhanced learning, I like to try and engage my students by making sure that they are secure in the knowledge of what is expected of them at any given point in the programme. This includes, having clear overviews at the top level of the Moodle course, identifying a week by week breakdown of the 17 week courses, an assessment planner, the marking criteria and course outcomes.

With this in place, I then walk them through how this information correlates, to give each learner a clear view of what is expected of them, during the course, as well as the learning outcomes they should complete the course with, in terms of skillsets (if they fully engage with the content).

The idea behind this and ongoing discussion, is to iterate what is expected, and how to achieve that. The aim is to familiarise learners with necessary content; but also to demonstrate how they should interact with resources to achieve the most successful outcome.

Example 1: Practice submissions

In each course I develop, I add a ‘practice submission ‘, where the learners have the opportunity to go through the motions of submitting an assessment, without the pressure of submitting work that will be assessed.

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In turn, this allows me to ensure that they have correctly set up their profile in the course to receive both grades and feedback on line, as well as any postings to the News Forum from me, or peer forum posts during course activities.

This simple exercise has minimised the number of erroneous submissions, and markedly improved learner apprehension over submitting assignments to a Moodle course.

Do you engage in a similar practice? How does it work out for you, and your learners?


Jane Shaw

I'm an experienced teacher within tertiary education, and accomplished fine artist. Originally from England I am now a New Zealand citizen, living and working in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

One thought on “Student confidence: online submission of work

  • What a simple yet critical process that is Jane! As I read this example, I thought: surely every course that features assignments should have this ‘practice first’ philosophy? As you say, it reduces stress levels, gives the learners some experience without penalty, and it probably makes the teachers life easier too … win-win ! 🙂


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