May’s TEL Me More session brought two more interesting talks to the table. This month we had a live demo of a real-time quizzing and polling tool (Socrative) and some useful tips for working more smartly with Turnitin’s QuickMarks and Rubrics.
Socrative for quizzes
David Foreman, Health and Social Care
David introduced us all to the Socrative tool which allows staff to easily create quizzes made up of short answer, multiple choice or true/false questions. The quizzes can be created in advance or ad-hoc in class through the app or the website.
The tutor has a specific login/app that enables them to create and manage their quizzes that are created in advance, have an overview of the whole classes activities and progress though the quizzes during a lecture, as well as creating ad-hoc questions to support their lecture. Each tutor is allocated a unique code (room id), which students use to access their session.
The students do not need to sign up to use the service, they just join a session through the app or webpage using the tutors unique code.
David described how he used Socrative for informal end of module evaluations, a chance for students to anonymously feedback on one thing they liked about his sessions and one thing they’d change.
He also discussed how he created banks of questions in advance for use in his sessions, and that the teacher tool enabled him to monitor how many students had responded. The two options available enable students to either answer a series of questions at their own pace, or for him to pose one at a time and discuss the results with the class.
As part of the live demo, David had everyone in the room working through a series of questions at their own pace, and on the board behind him, we could see the progress each person had made. There was definitely competition in the room as everyone tried to be the first to finish. The tool definitely created a lot of interest and enthusiasm amongst attendees. If anyone is interested in using Socrative, they can sign up for a free account here – http://www.socrative.com/ and explore the various options. For support in embedding this into your teaching, contact the email@example.com
Rubrics and QuickMarks in Turnitin
Nick Turner, College of Business
Nick came along to May’s session to talk about some of the ways he’s been using the QuickMark and Rubric tools in Turnitin to change the way he marks his student’s work.
Nick has developed a number of QuickMark sets, building up a range of comments for specific assignments where a certain type of technical feedback and support might be required. By building them into different sets, he can categorise the comments he needs quick access to for that specific assignment and just have them displaying during that marking process.
He also showed a range of QuickMark sets that covered different grade boundaries, so that he could easily leave feedback with consistent language to highlight why a student has received a certain grade. Again, categorising them in this way helps to organise his marking process, and when a piece or part of a student work falls into a different grade boundary, he can easily swap to the relevant QuickMark set.
The QuickMark sets that Nick has built up can easily be shared with colleagues that are co-marking an assignment to ensure consistency in the comments and language they use, but additional comments can still be added by the individual tutors to personalise the feedback to the individual student. For example, one particular assignment required understanding of a model/process. The generic feedback form the QuickMark would break down the model/process and the personalised feedback would hone in on the aspect of the model the student had struggled with or missed.
Nick also used the Turnitin Rubric tool to award different marks and feedback on the various different aspects of the assignment. The Rubric tool can then linked with the Quickmarks, enabling you to associate an aspect of the assignment, a QuickMark and the Rubric scoring system.
Both presentations were very well received by all attendees, with lots of discussions and questions following on from both. The last TEL Me More session for this academic year will be held on Wednesday 26th June 2015, 12.30-1.30, in B110.