There is a range of tools that you can use for delivering electronic assessments all with their own unique sets of benefits and challenges.
Where appropriate for summative assessments, YoL advises that where appropriate electronic text-based submissions should be done through Turnitin.
Turnitin’s Grademark is an onscreen marking tool available via Blackboard, to annotate work directly online without having to download and upload files. It also offers features such as reusable comments and a mobile app for iPad and anonymous submissions. Turnitin also feeds directly into Blackboard Grade Centre for returning grades to students.
Turnitin also incorporates a text matching tool producing an originality report for each submission enabling more efficient plagiarism detection.
UoL Guide: What is Turnitin?
Blackboard Assignments and In-Line Grading Tool
For formative assignments Blackboards own assignment tool works well with its own inline grading tool. This allows markers to annotate work directly in Blackboard, without having to download and upload files. See this inline grading tutorial (video, 2 minutes).
For more adhoc feedback both word and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (pdf) have good mark-up and annotating/commenting features. The collection and return of these documents could be doing both inside and outside of the VLE though this would not integrate well with Grade Centre hence suitable only for informal feedback.
This also works well with mobile devices such as tablets
Audio & Video: The use of audio or video feedback using desktop ‘Personal Capture’
- Jisc Digital Media: Using Audio Feedback for Assessment
- Josh McCarthy (2015): Evaluating written, audio and video feedback in higher education summative assessment tasks
- University of Bristol, Case Study: Audio and video feedback