Learning online: guidelines, tips and support

Reflect and feed forward

Use feedback on assessment items for future assessment items (feed forward) – this is 'assessment for learning'.

Understand online assessment.
Assignment submission (in FLO)

An 'assignment' is a type of assessment (generally substantial) in which students prepare a body of (usually text-based) work, such as an essay, report or presentation. Generally, these types of assessments are submitted through FLO using the Assignment tool. Sometimes, the terms assignment and assessment are used interchangeably – don't be confused, the terms do not make any difference to the task.

At Flinders University, assessments that are generated in electronic format (word-processing, spreadsheets etc) are submitted and returned in an electronic format. You are advised to keep a copy of the final version of all assignments you submit. FLO also stores your electronically submitted assignment.

Other assessment items

Your topic coordinator/teacher will explain the criteria for assessment and how to manage contributions or artefact creations that are situated in FLO or in the public arena.

• In FLO: You may be assessed on your participation in discussion forums, quiz completion, wiki or blog contributions etc.
• External to FLO: You may be assessed on your use of an external tool (eg blog), or participation in external sites (eg public forum). If this form of assessment applies in a topic, make sure you communicate in a professional way and remember to keep a copy of your work. If you have any issues accessing an external site, make sure you talk to the topic coordinator to arrange alternative options.

Assessment extensions

Your topic and the college in which it is situated will have a formal process for requesting an extension on an assessment item due date. Please refer to the Statement of Assessment Methods (SAM) in your topic/s for more details. In the topic, you may see an icon which looks like this (below), for submitting a request online:

Check your feedback and grades.