This page provides links to resources for students to help with preparing and submitting alternative assessment. 

Please read through the information on this page carefully in conjunction with the assessment-specific guidance provided by your unit convenor.  Some of the submission guidance for the alternative assessments may vary from the practice you are used to.  As an example, if you are submitting a written piece of work, you will need to submit this as a PDF file and not as a Word document.  Guidance is provided on how to create a PDF documents on both Macs and PCs.

1. Submit on Moodle

 

Moodle iconThe vast majority of alternative assessments will be submitted to your unit Moodle courses via Moodle assignment submission points. Your Moodle course will contain instructions and guidance on what you are expected to submit.  Double check and make sure you follow the guidance carefully.  Note: you may not see the actual submission point on your Moodle course until the scheduled time for the assessment.

All submission times are in UK British Summer Time and should fall between 9am and 5pm.  If you are not currently in the UK, please double-check that you are working to the correct timingsYou should also check the settings in your Moodle profile to ensure you are set up correctly for the timezone you are in.

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Submitting your alternative assessment

  • We have prepared some brief guidance on how to submit written assessments to Moodle.
  • Ensure sure you have included your name and student ID number on the document and that it is in PDF format.
  • Please give your file a short and sensible name and followed any naming convention given in the assessment instructions.  Your file name should only use alphanumeric characters (a-z, 0-9) and you should avoid invalid characters like (), *, ?, /! and extra full stops, underscores or hyphens.  We suggest using capital letters rather than underscores or spaces between words and, unless instructed otherwise, use the following format for file names: FamilyNameFirstNameStudentIDUnitCode.pdf.
  • When you are ready to submit your written assessment, log in to Moodle, and navigate to the relevant Unit Moodle Course and submission point.
  • NOTE: a submission statement will appear at the top of the screen when you go to upload your submission.  You will need to accept the submission statement before your submission can be saved.
  • Double-check that your file has submitted correctly. When you have uploaded your submission, a Submission status screen is displayed that will show your submission as Submitted for grading.  Also on this screen, you will see your File submission.  If you click on the file, you can check it has uploaded correctly and is displaying as you expect.
  • Do not worry whether an Urkund report has been been returned for your file, this does not affect the file submission to Moodle.
  • In the unlikely event that a total or partial failure with a University system(s) stops you from submitting your file,  you will be granted an extension. When you submit your file into Moodle, it may be flagged as "late" but it will still be processed.

Resources for Scanning and Saving your Document

We have prepared some additional guidance below on how to save a Word or Pages document as a PDF file, how to scan documents and images and how to compress images.  You may have other techniques or tools you prefer to use to those mentioned below, but please ensure you follow the submission guidelines and submit your file in the appropriate format.  Please ensure any files that you scan and upload (especially those that are handwritten) are legible and can be clearly read on-screen.

Ensure that you give your file a short and sensible name and followed any naming convention given in the assessment instructions.  Your file name should only use alphanumeric characters (a-z, 0-9) and you should avoid invalid characters like (), *, ?, /! and extra full stops, underscores or hyphens. We suggest using capital letters rather than underscores or spaces between words and, unless instructed otherwise, use the following format for file names: FamilyNameFirstNameStudentIDUnitCode.pdf.

Help and Support

The University has set up a central page for advice and support during your assessments.

  • If you have an obvious technical problem, contact the IT Support Enquiry Line.
  • If you need to speak to someone urgently during the assessment period, an emergency telephone support line has been set up on +44 (0)1225 387500, which will be available from 8am to 6pm BST from Monday to Friday.

2. Submitting a video/annotated PowerPoint via Re:View (Panopto) and/or Teams

 

Panopto logoFor some assignments, you may be asked to submit a video, annotated PowerPoint (e.g. a PowerPoint with a voice-over and saved as a video (.mp4) file) or undertake a live recorded assessment in Microsoft Teams. Your Moodle course will contain instructions and guidance on what you are expected to submit.  Double check you have followed the guidance carefully.

If you are recording a video, particularly if using a mobile device, remember to film in landscape rather than portrait and to use a headset and microphone (to minimise background noise).

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Uploading a video to the Re:View assignment folder

The assignment folder in Re:View allows you to upload videos to a folder – this could be for an assignment or instead for a face-to-face presentation. Anything you upload to an assignment folder as a student cannot be viewed by other students unless a staff member enables this. 

  • If you wish to use it, you can create your video using the Re:View Desktop Recorder (available for PC and Mac and mobile devices)
  • First, create a video using the Re:View Desktop Recorder or using your preferred software (you will need to save your movie as a .mp4 file)
  • If you have used the Re:View Desktop recorder, you can upload your recording directly into the Re:View Assignment Folder set up for your unit.
  • If you have created your video using your own software, you can upload this to the Re:View Assignment Folder
  • Use the guidance in this document to help you prepare your recordings if required.
  • Please double-check that your video file has uploaded correctly and plays as you expect.

You may also be asked to submit a copy of any slides you have prepared and a link to the presentation recording into a Moodle submission point.

Re:View/Panopto Top Tips and FAQs

The links below give some hints and tips on using Re:View and how you can make best use of Re:View recordings in your revision.

Creating an annotated PowerPoint

  • The simplest way of recording a presentation is to create a narrated/voiced-over PowerPoint
  • Please also read the detailed 6 Step Guide on Making a Video with PowerPoint
  • To create the video you need to then export your presentation as an .mp4 video file
  • Give your file a short and sensible name and follow any naming convention given in the assessment instructions.  Your file name should only use alphanumeric characters (a-z, 0-9) and you should avoid invalid characters like (), *, ?, /! and extra full stops, underscores or hyphens.  We suggest using capital letters rather than underscores or spaces between words and, unless instructed otherwise, use the following format for file names: FamilyNameFirstNameStudentIDUnitCode.pdf.
  • To submit your assessment, upload your video to the Re:View/Panopto Assignment folder (see above) Note: using PowerPoint narration also supports group presentations if you share your PowerPoint (limitation: one narrator per slide).

Presenting using Microsoft Teams

  • If you are asked to use Microsoft Teams for a live individual or group presentation,  your lecturer will provide you with a Meeting Link in advance. Your lecturer will also be recording the event so all you need to concentrate on is presenting!
  • It is best to use the  Desktop version of Teams if you are being formally assessed. While Teams has a mobile app, it does not have the same features as the Desktop version (e.g. sharing your screen). Note: Mac users, in particular, should use the Desktop version as there are some issues reported with using the Safari browser.
  • There is no need to create your own  meeting unless you wish to practise presenting with your friends or presentation group.
  • Tip: we recommend that you use a headset and microphone if possible (this stops audio feedback). Certainly, do not worry if you do not have a webcam - your audio is the most important thing when presenting online! See also our general FAQs
  • Practise your presentation. All students have Microsoft Teams available to them, therefore you can practise your online presentation with friends beforehand to iron out any technical issues.
  • Additional guidance is available in this document.
  • If you have an obvious technical problem, contact the IT Helpdesk. (You can get help with logging in, accessing files, converting files compressing files).

3. Other sources of support and information

 

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Studying Online

If you need additional support with their essay-writing skills or exam techniques, the Academic Skills blog has lots of useful tips and short videos. These include:

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Exam preparation

More help on essay and reflective writing will be added over the next few days and further blog posts are planned, including on dissertation support, writing business reports and verbal reasoning skills for assessment centre tests.  Please follow @BathSkills on Twitter or subscribe to the Academic Skills blog

Additional support
  • If you have specific questions on a piece of writing, Skills Zone 50-minute 1:1 writing tutorials, delivered online through MS Teams, will continue to run until 6 June. You can book appointments through MySkills.
  • You can continue to register for Maths and statistics drop-ins from 11am-1pm throughout the assessment period.

Support

The University has set up a central page for advice and support during your assessments.

  • If you have an obvious technical problem, contact the IT Support Enquiry Line.
  • If you need to speak to someone urgently during the assessment period, an emergency telephone support line has been set up on +44 (0)1225 387500, which will be available from 8am to 6pm BST from Monday to Friday.

There is a wide range of additional support available to you from across the University: