7. Formative Assignments & Feedback

This section highlights a few simple ways to encourage formative assessment in an online environment. Formative assessment encourages students to build an understanding of expectations and standards across programmes in readiness for more high stakes assessment.

This section offers ways of using digital technologies to:

  • Replace ‘hard-copy’ or in-class assignments with alternative (online) versions
  • Set collaborative, formative digital tasks which benefit the whole cohort
  • Deliver impactful online feedback on formative assignments
  • Design assessments that define and develop digital capability


Tips and tools for using digital technologies to encourage formative assessment:


  • Explore diversity of Blackboard KLE assignments. Tests can deliver automatic feedback, whilst using Feedback Studio within Turnitin can return marks, text and audio feedback to the learner. Multiple members of staff can collaborate to provide layers of feedback.

10 Elements of Flexible Digital Education

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