Student Guidance for Online Assessment
The University of Sheffield suspended face-to-face teaching from Monday 16 March 2020 and all teaching has moved online. Please refer to the Coronavirus Information & Advice page for the latest updates.
In most cases, staff are replacing exams in the ways described below. You should complete work sooner rather than later, to give time to seek help if you encounter any issues.
- An assignment (without Turnitin)
- An assignment (with Turnitin)
- A Blackboard test (Quiz)
- Media submission through Blackboard Assignments
- Submitting handwritten work through Blackboard Assignments
How to submit work in Blackboard
How to submit work in Blackboard using Turnitin
Your department will let you know which types of assessments will be used. You should try out online submission using the practice course for your faculty.
Updated: Monday 1 June at 15.30
|Try out submitting online||
You can access our test courses to try out the process of submitting online.
First please log into Blackboard and then choose the appropriate course for your Faculty:
You will be asked to enrol on the course when you first access it. After this the course will appear in your list of courses, alongside your existing modules on Blackboard.
|Check your IT setup in advance||
|What to do if something goes wrong?||
If you experience any issues during an online timed assessment that impacts your performance or ability to complete the assessment within the time allowed, you should complete the form linked below.
You do not need to submit the form during your assessment but must do so as soon as possible afterwards.
|301 support for online assessment||
301: Academic Skills Centre have developed resources to help you tackle the range of assessments you may be undertaking remotely, as well as tips and techniques on creating a good working environment to help you stay on top of your workload.
|Extra support for students||
The Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS) have information on how disabled students' exam support requirements will be accommodated with the move to online assessment.
DDSS also has guidance on how to take part in the University's yellow sticker scheme indicating you have a documented disability which affects your written communication when submitting assessments electronically via Blackboard Assignments or Turnitin.
|Submitting handwritten work||
Your course may require you to submit handwritten work with equations or drawings. This should be done as a PDF. It is important to ensure your work is in the correct order and legible. Some home printers will have a scanning function or the Microsoft Office Lens app can be used to create pdfs with a smartphone as shown below. You can take photos with the app or use ones you have already taken of your work.
If you are unable to use either of these methods please email email@example.com copying in your course administrator or module leader. For issues with the MS Office Lens app, Microsoft provide online chat support.
Video walk through of creating a PDF with Microsoft Office Lens (Android)
Video walk through of creating a PDF with Microsoft Office Lens (Apple)