Assessment Requirements and Criteria

Assessment isn’t all about exams. In all accredited Trolling Academy courses a variety of assessment methods are used. These may include written and oral assessments and could take the form of projects, reports, presentations, assignments, field work, essays, tests or research study. You will be assessed for separately for each course and will receive credits for each one that is accredited. Your tutor will discuss with you the most appropriate method to assess and examine your learning, using the choices below.

Case Studies

Consideration of a particular, relevant situation or example, selected by the tutor or by learners, which enables learners to apply knowledge to specific situations.  May be used as a collective / group activity and discussed in a group of learners or by an individual learner.  Or may be used with individual learners as a written activity through case study materials and learner responses. The learning may be assessed and evidence collected at the Trolling Academy by:

  • One-to-one tutor observation and recording using Skype
  • Class discussion/tutorial using Moodle
  • Learner notes and comments using BuddyPress
  • Audio/video/photographic records on YouTube or Flickr

Oral Question and Answer

Specific, open or closed questions for immediate response.  Can range from quite formal questions, for example, an oral test, to a quick, fun way of finding out where learners are up to, for example, a quiz.  Allows response and questioning from learners and immediate feedback from tutor. The learning may be assessed and evidences collected through:

  • Responses / records / notes by both tutor and individual learner using Skype.
  • Audio / video / photographic record using YouTube or Flickr

Written Question and Answer / Test / Exam

Specific, open and closed questions for immediate response.  Can range from formal exams and tests, to a quick, fun way of finding out where learners are up to, for example, a quiz.  Allows response and questioning from learners and feedback from tutor. The learning may be assessed and examined through:

  • Recording of responses by individual learner using Skype or YouTube
  • Use of on-line assessment, written answers, and tutor feedback, using QPress

Tutor-marked Essay

A discursive, written response to a question or statement which involves the learner in finding and presenting information and opinion in a structured  way, which normally includes an introduction, the information / opinions / evaluation / analysis and a conclusion. The learning may be assessed and examined through a clear tutor set assignment, using the following evidence:

  • Essay or research paper
  • Detailed tutor feedback

The best tutor-marked essays may be eligible for entry in our partner’s Student Publishing Service, where it could be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Tutor-marked Technical Report

A record of an activity and / or a summary of research which presents information in a structured way.  Does not include opinion, but may include analysis or evaluation.  May be presented in written or oral form. The learning may be assessed and examined through a clear tutor set assignment, using the following evidence:

  • Technical report or extended abstract with tutor feedback
  • Tutor / peers / conference feedback on presentation / notes relating to report/abstract

The best tutor-marked technical reports may be eligible for entry in our partner’s Student Publishing Service, where it could be published in a book format with an ISBN.

Project

A specific task involving private study and research for individuals or groups.  Normally involves selection of a topic, planning, finding information and presenting results orally or in writing. The learning may be assessed by and evidence collected through:

  • Tutor assessment through records and notes such as on Skype
  • Peer assessment such during and at the end of process through discussion and observation, such as on Moodle or BuddyPress
  • Learner records, including notes, learning log, plans, record of project process, such as on BuddyPress
  • Externally verifiable audio / video / photographic records on YouTube or Flicker.

Production of artefact

Production of a relevant artefact selected by the tutor or by learners, which enables learners to demonstrate skills and to apply knowledge. The learning may be assessed by and using evidence through:

  • Tutor observation or one to one demonstration using Skype
  • Record of discussion with peers and learner’s notes such as BuddyPress
  • Audio / video / photographic records on YouTube or Flickr
  • Completed artefact.

Role Play / Simulation

Use of a situation selected by the tutor or by learners, to enable learners to practice and apply skills and to explore attitudes. The learning may be assessed by:

  • Record of tutor / peer observation using Skype
  • One to one assessment with tutor using Skype
  • Discussion on Moodle or BuddyPress
  • Self-assessment using Moodle / QPress
  • Audio / video / photographic record, such as on YouTube or Flickr
  • Learner log or notes, such as on BuddyPress

Group Discussion

Discussion of a topic or situation selected by the tutor or by learners, to enable learners to share knowledge and thoughts and to assess their learning. The learning may be assessed using evidence through:

  • Tutor / peer observation and notes on Moodle discussion
  • Record of discussions using Skype
  • Self-assessment using Moodle or QPress
  • Audio/video/photographic record on YouTube or Flickr
  • Assessment of learner log or diary such as on BuddyPres