Best Practices for Supporting Teaching and Learning Online
With hybrid teaching now being implemented at the University of Macau, committed teachers are holding classes online with UMMoodle and Zoom. This blog post features some of our colleagues’ tips and best practices. Let’s see what has worked well to support teaching and learning of different disciplines in an online environment.
Designing Online Assessments:
Tips from CTLE
Following a recent online meet-up wherein colleagues shared their experience, concerns and best practices of online assessments, CTLE wishes to share with you tips on designing online assessments.
Instructors who would like to conduct online exams are encouraged to create assessments in UMMoodle.
- Quiz activity in UMMoodle – Quiz questions which are machine-marked can include:
- short-answer questions,
- multiple-choice questions, and
- Embedded Answers (cloze) questions. [Cloze questions consist of a passage of text that has various answers embedded within it, including multiple-choice, short answers, and numerical answers.]
- Assignment activity in UMMoodle – Essays and open-book exams can be uploaded to an Assignment activity in UMMoodle, one which has a Veriguide feature enabled.
The following strategies can help maintain UM’s academic rules and regulations.
- Promote academic integrity as a serious matter. Encourage students to be honest, during online classes, before an exam, and in the online assessment.
- Develop assessment questions that are more relevant to the course objectives or individuals and for which answers cannot be easily shared.
- Try to monitor the integrity of online exams, which can be done using tools in UMMoodle.
How to set up Quizzes and Assignments in UMMoodle
ICTO provides technical support to all teachers and students. Here are guides demonstrating how to set up quizzes and assignments in UMMoodle.
If you plan to set up a Quiz in UMMoodle, there are settings that can be adjusted to reduce opportunities for cheating and collusion. Here are a few settings for quizzes in UMMoodle which should be enabled:
- Set a time limit
- Set an opening/closing date time
- Quiz layout: new question every page
- Shuffle answers of multiple-choice questions
- How questions behave: deferred feedback
- Shuffle questions within the quiz
Note: Students may not be familiar with quizzes in UMMoodle, and it is important to prepare students for an online exam by giving them an opportunity to a trial quiz. After students complete a trial quiz in UMMoodle, teachers should be prepared to provide their students with additional guidance, if needed, on how to successfully complete an online exam.
If you want to set up an Assignment in UMMoodle, here are a few settings that should be noted:
- Set availability and the due date
- Require one file to be uploaded
- Specify filetype, e.g., .doc and .docx
- Enable Veriguide, for TA, not for student
- Feedback: optional, Annotate PDF and Feedback files
Require students check submission statement
- Optional: grading method: rubric
For more tips on creating online assessments, check out a recent blog post, “Talking Points from an Online Faculty Meetup & Training on Academic Integrity of Online Exams and How to Build Quizzes” or join an upcoming online meet-up.
Students who would like more information should pay close attention to their courses on UMMoodle. Video tutorials on how to use UMMoodle can be found at an ICTO page, A Distance Learning Quick Start Guide for Students.
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