FAQs regarding Blackboard and the Assessment Regulation changes August 2022

When can I start marking an ISIS fed assignment?

For ISIS fed assignments using the UWE marking tool, marking can only start once the 5-day late submission window has passed. For example, if the deadline was 2pm on the 1st October, marking can start after 2pm on the 6th October.

There is a Marking from column in the Marking Management list of assignments which displays the date and time that marking can commence.

Please note: if you are marking using the Spreadsheet Marking tool or the Grade Centre, you must wait until the 5-day late submission window has ended. Students are able to resubmit as many times as they wish during this period and it should be their final successful submission that is marked.

Will submissions made in the late submission window show as late?

Students who submit after the deadline but within the late submission window will have no penalty applied when those marks are returned to ISIS.

Students who submit in the late submission window will have no late warning flag on the student Coursework area or their Coursework receipt. Any late submissions made before 1st October 2021 will still show these late flags.

Please note that standard Blackboard functionality such as My Marks (for students) and the Grade Centre (for staff) will still indicate where a student submitted after the deadline.

Will Reasonable Adjustment extensions have separate submission points to the original deadline?

Yes, Reasonable Adjustment extensions will have separate assignment submission points in the Blackboard module and will need to be marked separately. This process has not changed.

When can I start marking a Reasonable Adjustment extension assignment?

Reasonable Adjustment extension assignments have no further late submission window after the extended deadline. Marking can start as soon as the extended deadline has passed.

How do I return marks to ISIS for a Reasonable Adjustment extension assignments?

As Reasonable Adjustment extension assignments are not fed from ISIS, marks are not automatically returned to ISIS. Marks for these assignments need to be given to your faculty SAT to enter into ISIS manually. This process has not changed.

When does the 20 working day assessment feedback turnaround start?

The 20 working day assessment feedback turnaround starts at the end of the 5-day late submission window. For Reasonable Adjustment extensions, it starts once the extended due date has passed.

What happens for assessments that are excluded from the 5-day late submission window?

There is currently no flag against work items in ISIS to indicate that a particular assessment is excluded from the late submission window and therefore Blackboard has no way of automating this.

Any work item set up to be a full Blackboard assignment submission in ISIS, will automatically have the late submission window added when it feeds into Blackboard.

In cases where there are specific and unavoidable reasons why it is not possible to facilitate a 5-day late submission window, the Module Leader should request that an exemption is authorised by the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching. For Assessments that are exempt, the Academic Module Teams will need to edit the specific assignment submission point created by ISIS in Blackboard, and update the display until date and time to match the due date and time, thereby removing the default late submission window.

The Academic Module Teams must make their students aware where no late submission window will be available for an assessment.

There is guidance available on how to do this.

Does the 5-day late submission window show in Blackboard to students?

No, the date of the late submission window is not displayed. To avoid confusion, only the actual deadline is displayed as was the case with the previous 24 hour late window.

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