Supporting you with your student’s first assessment

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Students who perform well in their first assessment are successful throughout their studies

Findings from a year long learning analytics study with students in Brighton Business school supports this statement. Other research agrees:

1 The probability of failing the course if a student hasn’t submitted assessment 1 is almost 90%, making assessment 1 a strong predictor of future failure.

Some focused investigation into the role of the first Tutor Marked Assignment in predicting the final outcome, found that failing the first assessment had a significant negative impact. Therefore, the key to improving retention is in identifying those students who are at risk of either submitting but failing, or not submitting this first assessment.

The elearning team want to help schools ensure that first assessments for our level 4 students are a success and that the technology doesn’t form a barrier to our students. We will be running a number of events to help ensure that your modules are ready to go and that you have the correct resources available to support your students.

Resources for staff:

Information Services support: Electronic Management of Assessment

CLT Assessment resources : Assessment and Feedback

Drop in sessions will be offered on each campus giving you an opportunity to check your modules are “assessment-ready” and the right support is in place for your students.


  • Mon 30th October 14:00-16:00 3rd floor corridor, Westlain House
  • Tues 31st October 14:00-16:00 Mayfield House 1st floor
  •        Wed 1st November 10:00-11:30 Checkland D132 (Explore Studio) Cancelled due to illness
  • Weds 8th November 16:00-17:00 Mayfield House 1st floor
  • Thurs 9th November 12:00-13:00 3rd floor corridor, Westlain House
  •        Fri 10th November 14:00-16:00 Checkland D132 (Explore Studio)


  • Tuesday 31st October 10:30 – 11:30 6th Floor Cockcroft near the Kitchen
  • Tuesday 31st October 12:00 – 13:00 1st Floor Mithras computer/social zone
  • Wed 1st November 10:30 – 11:30 3rd Floor Cockcroft near the kitchen
  • Wed 1st November 14:00 -15:00 5th Floor Cockcroft near the kitchen

dates for other campuses will be added shortly, Grand Parade staff please contact Rob Englebright directly, Hastings staff, please contact Tucker MacNeill directly, Eastbourne staff contact Craig directly.

Resources to highlight to your students:

Student eSubmission guide: Information about how to submit your work

Next steps in #StartConnected: The next six steps students should complete before their first assignment – Student drop-ins will be provided as part of #StartConnected

Information on student submission responsibilities is available by default in all 2017 module areas under the Assessment menu item (click to enlarge):
Student assessment reponsibilities

Student Services: Study Skills Workshops

Contact your school Learning Technologies Adviser to discuss what you can do to prepare your students’ for their first assignment.


  1. HLOSTA, M., ZDRAHAL, Z. & ZENDULKA, J. 2017. Ouroboros: early identification of at-risk students without models 
    based on legacy data.  Proceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference.
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: ACM
  2. Annika Wolff Zdenek Zdrahal Drahomira Herrmannova Jakub Kuzilek Martin Hlosta. 2013. Developing predictive
    models for early detection of at-risk students on distance learning modules. Knowledge Media Institute, The OU
  3. Brighton Business School Level 4 2016 First Assessment scores shown plotted against Final module outcome:

    BBS 2016 Level 4 First Assessment
    BBS 2016 Level 4 First Assessment

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Written by:

Katie is the eLearning Services Manager at the University of Brighton.


  1. 11/14/2017

    Is UoB taking part in the JISC Student Digital Experience Tracker?

    • 11/14/2017

      No – we considered that we already have sufficient surveys (BSS/NSS/module evaluations) to chose not to take part in this one also. We do keep on eye on the findings though which I feel represent our students well.

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