Can be uploaded to the section or added to a web page using the WYSIWYG Editor’s
Insert Image (circled below).
Please contact the e-Learning Team (email@example.com
) who will advise; often videos
need to be processed and uploaded to a university server. If, however, you are simply
adding a link to a video hosted on, for example, YouTube, you can add a link as you would
for any website.
12. ELE Settings
You’re unlikely to need to change the majority of the default settings. However if you want
to add a description or change the way your content is organised, this is done in via the
Settings link found in the Administration block on your module’s page.
Using the WYSIWYG editor near the top of the page you can add a description of your
module. Bear in mind that the module description will appear along with the course name,
on any list of courses. If the module description is too long it will crowd the page.
To switch from Topic to Collapsed Topic or Weekly format. Go to the course settings page
(Settings button in the Administration Block ). Below the WYSIWYG editor select from
the options the format you want then scroll down to bottom of the page and click Save
The different formats are:
Topics whereby content is organised into a series of numbered sections which can
also be labelled with a header. The advantage of this format is its flexibility, and it
is particularly suited to shorter courses that don’t contain a large amount of content
or need to be divided by week. If you organise your content by theme or by type,
then Topics is best format to use.
Weekly format organises the course into topics by week, with the date at the top of
each block, beginning with the module’s start-date. This format is excellent for
courses where the majority of the content is presented on a week-by-week basis.
Used in conjunction with the Calendar tool, can turn the course page into an
effective organiser for both students and staff. The disadvantage of this format is
that it requires all the modules content to be included in either a weekly topic or the
header topic. Be aware also that week dates are counted from the from course
start date in seven day blocks. The course start date is easily changed on the
module settings page.
Collapsed Topics is the same as the standard topics format, but it turns each
topic into a collapsing box, so that the who page takes up less screen space when
all the topics are ‘collapsed’. This format is best used for modules which present
very large amounts of content on their top page.
Creating Assessments and Assignments in ELE
These notes explain how to create on-line assessments and assignments in ELE,
the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) currently supported by the University of
Exeter. As well as guiding you through the process of setting up assessments and
assignments, there is information on how to organise your materials and process
and export the results.
Assessments and Assignments
In ELE an assessment, is termed a ‘quiz’. Tutors can create questions for online
quizzes in a variety of formats (short answer, multiple choice etc) and these are
stored in a database so that they can be re-used within the modules and
between other ELE modules. Most question types are marked automatically, and
the marks are recorded in the module’s grade book.
An ELE 'assignment' is a piece of work such as an essay or presentation.
Assignments can be completed on-line, typed directly into the browser, but it is
recommended they’re completed outside ELE then uploaded to the module,
where it will become available to the tutor.
13. Adding a quiz
1. Turn editing on
2. An ELE quiz is an activity. Add a quiz using the Add an activity drop down
menu from the desired topic/section.
3. On the assessment creation page enter a name a name, and some introduction
4. Look at the options available. The help icon (?) will tell you more about each
Timing: set the dates and times of availability, how long the student has
(in minutes) to complete the quiz, how long they may take between the
first, second, and subsequent attempts.
Display: determine how many questions to show on an individual page,
and how the questions should be delivered (sequential or random order for
example) and how potential answers should be arranged.
Attempts: set the number of attempts allowed.
Grading: the recorded grade can be set as: the highest grade (best result),
the average grade (across multiple attempts), or the first or last attempt.
Review options: controls the release of information to the student after
they have taken the quiz.
Security: offers several ways to help reduce cheating, including the
requirement for an invigilator password, and by using a secure window
restricting some of the things that students can do with their browsers.
However please bear in mind that these cannot prevent determined
efforts to cheat.
Common Module settings: allow you to assign the quiz to a particular
group of students, or to show/hide the quiz.
Overall Feedback: text that is shown to a student after they have
completed an attempt at the quiz. Set the grade boundaries and enter
text to deliver messages based on student’s score.
When you have finished with these settings, scroll to the bottom of the page and
click the Save and display button. You are then taken to your quiz.
With the quiz created, you now need to add some questions. You have several
options for doing this:
Add existing questions from ELE.
Import questions: ELE supports questions in several formats. For help and
advice on how to do this and getting questions from WebCT/Blackboard,
contact your ELE migration support person.
Create questions using ELE
To create a new question, select a question type from the Create new question
Embedded Answers (Cloze)
Random Short Answer Matching
The most commonly used type of question for formative tests are multiple choice
so we’ll use that as our example. For other types the process is the same, but
with slightly different the options. To access detailed information on how a
question type works, click the help icon next to the question type's title.
When creating a multiple choice question you are presented with the following
Category: a default category is available but if you plan to use the
question in several quizzes it's a good idea to categorise them. You might
decide to categorise questions by theme or by difficulty. This can be done
Question name: You must provide a name for the question. This will not
be visible to students.
Question text: You can enter any text you wish in the Question text box,
and add links, pictures, or any web-compatible formatting. HTML is the
default format for questions.
Default Question Grade: You must provide a point value for the question.
This can be overridden for each quiz.
Penalty factor: You must specify what fraction of the achieved score
should be subtracted for each wrong response. This is only relevant if the
quiz has been set to adaptive mode and is allowing a learner to re-take a
question within the same quiz. The penalty factor should be a number
between 0 and 1. A penalty factor of 1 means that the student has to get
the answer right in his first response to get any credit for it at all. A
penalty factor of 0 means the student can try as often as he likes and still
get the full marks.
General Feedback: This is feedback that is given in response to any
answer, right or wrong. This could be used to give details about the
subject of the question.
Choices: You can provide as many choices to a multiple choice question as
you like, with specific feedback for each possible answer. You can supply
an answer, a grade, and detailed feedback. To add more choices, click
the Blanks for 3 more choices button. If you don’t need additional
choices, leave the remainder blank and they will be ignored.
Overall Feedback: Feedback can be provided for responses given, based on
their being correct, partially correct, or incorrect.
When you have finished, click the Save changes button to save the question. The
question will now appear in the question bank.
If you have set up a quiz previously or want to add questions to an existing quiz:
select Quizzes from the Activity block on the homepage
choose the quiz you want to update
from the row of card-index style tabs at the top of the page, select edit
Next to each question in the Action column, the following icons allow you to
change, move the questions or add them to the current quiz.
Select questions by checking the tick boxes. By then clicking
you can to add
multiple questions to the quiz, or by clicking
you can move a set of questions
to another group.
Questions added the quiz are listed on the left. If you need to reorder the
questions use the up and down arrows next to the question to move it up or
down. You can also change the grade for each question, and specify a maximum
grade for the quiz.
Before making the quiz available to students it is a good idea to preview all
questions, and to test the quiz making sure everything works as expected/ To do
this select the Preview tab in the quiz editor.
Adding Random Questions to a Quiz
A very useful feature is the ability to add a certain number of random questions.
Select a number of random questions to add from the drop-down box at the
bottom of the question bank and click the Add button. A different question will
be assigned each time from the category, making quizzes more challenging and
interesting where multiple attempts are allowed, and slightly more secure if
used in more formal exam conditions.
If you are adding random questions it is recommend that you create a category
for each set of questions.
On the Editing quiz page (where questions are added) you can move questions
from the category currently being viewed to another category, however to
create new categories you need to go to the Categories section under the edit
In the Categories section you can also edit category titles and organise your
category structure. ELE allows you to create sub categories so you could for
example create categories for topics and sub categories below these for sub-
topics, or question difficulty for example.
Add question to the current quiz
Move question to another category (context = category)
Edit the question or question settings
Selecting the Results tab brings up a list of students in the module who have
taken the quiz, along with grades for each attempt. The final grade is
highlighted in green. This may be the result of one attempt, or several,
depending on the settings chosen for the quiz. Additional options are:
Resubmits all previous attempts for automatic marking. This is useful when you
have edited individual questions after attempts have been made. This can take a
long time if there are many attempts to process.
The grade of any question in a quiz can be manually overridden, and a comment
added. Click on the mark (circled in the screenshot below) to see the question
detail and then follow the link make comment or override grade.
There are also some question types that ELE does not grade automatically (for
example essay questions). Select the manual grading link, below the tabs at the
top of the page. The resulting report helps you grade questions of these types by
listing just the questions that still need to be graded.
This tab presents processed quiz data in a table, suitable for analysing the
performance of each question to evaluate the effectiveness of the quiz.
ELE has several different types of assignment:
Online Text: the student types a passage of text directly into the
browser. It is recommended that longer pieces of text are composed and
saved on the student’s own computer and copied and pasted into the text
Upload a single file: the student uploads once file, usually a Word
document though other file types are accepted.
Advanced uploading of files: the student can upload more than one file,
up to a limit set by the teacher.
Offline Activity: useful for setting tasks for your students which require
no online interaction, such as finding an item to bring to a seminar. This
type of assignment can still be marked online and feedback given.
Creating an assignment
An assignment is an activity, so you can add it to any section (i.e. week or topic)
in your module.
1. With editing switched on go to the Add an activity... drop-down list and
select Advanced uploading of files.
2. Enter the a name for the assignment and a description – the instructions for
3. Choose a maximum grade for the assignment.
4. Set availability dates.
5. Select a maximum upload size for submissions. This can be increased up to the
maximum upload size as specified in the settings page for your module, so you
may need to change that first if the maximum is insufficient.
6. Review and change any of the other options as required. Clicking the help icon
if you are not sure about any of these.
8. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save and return to module
To test the assignment: select Student from the Switch role to... drop-down list
on the main module page (next to the Turn editing on button at the top right of
To submit an assignment the student needs to:
1. Click on the assignment link (within the topic or via the Assignment link in the
activities block). The assignment description will appear along with submission
2. Click the Choose File button.
3. Select the file and click Open.
4. Click the Upload this file button.
5. Repeat the process (steps 2-4) to attach additional files up to the assignment’s
limit. If you have enabled Send for marking in the assignment settings, the files
will exist in the "submission draft" and are visible to the tutors. At this stage the
student still has the option to delete any of the uploaded files. They can do this
by clicking the delete icon (X) next to the filename.
6. Click Send for marking button. After sending for marking the student can no
longer delete, or upload more files.
Note: The date and time of the submission is recorded when the files are sent for
marking, not when they are first uploaded.
Viewing Submitted Assignments
Once assignments are submitted you can download the submissions and, if
required, give a grade to each submission and provide formative feedback
1. Click the assignment name in the relevant section (within the topic or via the
Assignment link in the activities block)
2. Click on View submitted assignments
3. On the resulting page you will find a table with a row for each student. If they
have Draft submitted, you will see a link to a file. If you click on the file name it
will either open in a new browser window capable of viewing the document), or
it will ask you if you wish to save or open.
In the Status column to the right of the table, click the Update link. A form will
appear with an area for comments, and via a drop down list a the top allow you
to grade the assignment.
Feedback can be provided by entering text attaching a ‘response file’ if you have
annotated work or want to write feedback offline.
lf you wish to upload a response file you’ll need to do this first, as attaching the
file erases any unsaved text in the feedback area. When finished, click the save
changes button, or the save and show next button to continue marking.
Once the assignment has been graded the student can see their mark your
feedback, and any response files when they visit the assignment submission
On the view submissions page, click the Update button next to the relevant
assignment. At the bottom of the resulting window you will see the submission
If a student sends their files for marking before they are ready you have the
option to delete the file (X).
Or you may wish to lock the submissions and not allow further files to be added
before the deadline by clicking No more submissions. If you change your mind
you can click Revert to Draft.
All assessed activity in ELE is recorded in Grades. This provides an at-a-glance
view of the assessment pattern of each student. From the main module page
click the Grades link in the Administration block.
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