Data relating to students meeting deadlines was collected from my own records, verified by
checking the online upload records. When students submit work for marking they will upload it to
an area on the college's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle which has been set up for this
purpose. There is one area for each assignment or task. When tasks/assignments are assessed, the
outcome is recorded on a spreadsheet by the assessor (in this case myself). A comment is recorded
in the assignment area on Moodle. If a second attempt is made then I would normally record the date
in my feedback.
During the delivery of the two units, twelve 'homework' tasks were set, one final project for
Unit 6 and two assignments for Unit 28. These 15 pieces of work, although of differing sizes,
difficulties and topics, were recorded simply as being handed in on time, resubmitted with improvements,
handed in late or not handed in at all. This is a simplification of the process and doesn't take into
account students who struggled with gaining the skills or understanding, students who may have
experienced external difficulties that affected their ability to submit work or students who may not
have made a significant effort on first submission of their work, choosing to gain an advantage by
using the feedback given by the assessor. This data is not available for analysis.
Data relating to student submission of work was encoded as shown in
Once each piece of work had been encoded, a summary assessment of the performance of each student
was made. This was done by applying the weighting to the data relating to each piece of work and
calculating the sum of the weightings.
From this collated data a set of five categories were calculated. Each student's performance
across 15 tasks (12 homework tasks, two assignment tasks and one final project task) was assessed by
adding the weighted values for each task from the table above.
shows how each
student was placed into a category according to their final score.
shows the distribution of students
across the five categories. The data indicates that over half of the sample population (n=14) consistently met deadlines. One
third (n=9) often or sometimes missed deadlines. Four students, (15%) consistently missed deadlines.