OCA Spring 2024 Assessment Event

OCA Spring 2024 Assessment Event

by Edward Smith -
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Assessment guidance and key dates for Spring 2024

This email confirms the details for the online Spring 2024 undergraduate assessment event and signposts you to the latest assessment guidance. This email was sent out at 6pm GMT on Thursday 21 December 2023 to all students but does not apply to postgraduate, foundations or personal development students, only undergraduate students who are eligible for invitation to the Spring 2024 assessment event.

How does invitation to formal assessment work?

The completion date of your unit will determine which undergraduate assessment event you will be invited to submit work for. Completion of an undergraduate unit is defined as submission of all assignments to your tutor and receipt of their feedback. 

The Assessment Schedule for 2023/24 can be found here in the Assessment Guidance resource on OCA Learn.

What are the key dates for the online Spring 2024 assessment event?

  • All units that are completed by - 19 January 2024
  • Will have an invitation to the event by - Midday 26 January 2024 (12pm GMT)
  • With a deadline for submission of work by - Midday 9 February 2024 (12pm GMT)

How do the dates work?

The 19 January 2024 is the date by which your unit needs to be recorded as complete in order to be eligible for assessment at the online Spring 2024 assessment event.

After this date, we will compile the list of eligible students and will use this information to create the required spaces for you to upload your submissions, via the GDrive or the OCA Learn VLE. Your invitation to submit will be sent to you by no later than Midday 26 January 2024 (12pm GMT). Your invitation will take the form of an email, from the Assessment Team account - assessment@oca.ac.uk - and will confirm your method for submission - either the GDrive service or the OCA Learn VLE.

The latest date that work can be uploaded to these spaces (GDrive/OCA Learn) will be Midday 9 February 2024 (12pm GMT), and any submissions sent to us/uploaded/edited beyond this date will be subject to the appropriate penalties.

Please note that those with GDrive folders will retain access after the deadline for submission.

How do I submit for the online assessment event?

Follow the advice held in the Assessment Guidance resource to submit for the online Spring 2024 assessment event here on OCA Learn.

The majority of students will utilise the GDrive service to submit their work for assessment, except for Music students who will continue to utilise the OCA Learn VLE to submit. Your invitation email will confirm your method for submission.

What do I submit for the online assessment event?

Follow the advice held in the Assessment Guidance resource to prepare your submission for the online Spring 2024 assessment event here on OCA Learn.

The majority of units have similar assessment requirements, but you can check for discipline specific advice and guidance on what to submit for assessment here in the Learning outcomes and discipline specific guidance section on OCA Learn.

What if I am invited but cannot submit?

If you are invited to the online Spring 2024 assessment event, but will be unable to submit due to extenuating circumstances, you will need to submit an application to defer to the Summer 2024 assessment event. Please check your Student Handbook for further information - you’ll find this on OCA Learn, listed under My Courses - and email the Assessment Team - assessment@oca.ac.uk - as soon as possible to let us know you will be making an application.

Should you need to request a deferral of assessment, the deadline to do so will be Midday 2 February 2024 (12pm GMT). Requests to defer after this date other than in exceptional circumstances will be rejected. If you don’t submit your work for this assessment event, and don’t have a deferral of assessment confirmed, you will receive a 0% fail mark, as per Section 13 Submission of assessed work in the Academic Regulations for Subsidiary Institutions of The Open University, which are available for reference here on the OCA website.

For any student experiencing difficulties in meeting assessment deadlines due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the Learner Support Team - learnersupport@oca.ac.uk - at the earliest opportunity.

Where can I find guidance on assessment?

Advice and guidance for assessment can be found in the Assessment Guidance resource here on OCA Learn. The resource is broken down into different sections:

  • Introduction - This section holds an assessment questions forum where students can pose questions.
  • Understanding assessment - This section provides information on how assessment works, along with the assessment criteria document, and a directory of learning outcomes and discipline specific guidance, for all OCA units.
  • Assessment Schedule - This section confirms the key dates and deadlines for current and upcoming events.
  • Preparing your submission - This section provides guidance and structured activities to help students prepare their submission, and links to WeAreOCA blog posts relating to digital assessment.
  • Submitting your work - This section provides guidance on how to submit for assessment.
  • Learning from assessment - This section holds a pre recorded webinar on interpreting assessment results, a survey for providing feedback on assessment, and information to help students understand their marksheets.

No fundamental changes to assessment requirements have been made for this academic year.

We have however made an alteration to our processes to make assessment easier for a lot of students, by removing the need to email documents directly to the Assessment Team for plagiarism checks. From now on, we will make use of your GDrive submission folders to carry out this check on your behalf. Music students will continue to have their work checked automatically through their OCA Learn assessment submissions.

Please access the assessment guidance resource to help you understand, prepare, submit, and reflect on assessment.

When will my summative mark and feedback be available?

Your marksheet, which contains your summative mark and feedback, will be sent to you in the week commencing 22 April 2024, and will be with you no later than 26 April 2024.

Who do I contact with any other questions about assessment?

If you have any queries, please contact the Assessment Team - assessment@oca.ac.uk.

We wish you all the best for your next assessment.

Kind regards

OCA Assessment Team

(Edited by Amy Chadwick - original submission Thursday, 21 December 2023, 6:10 PM)