OCA Summer 2024 Assessment Event

OCA Summer 2024 Assessment Event

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Assessment guidance and key dates for Summer 2024

This email confirms the details for the online Summer 2024 undergraduate assessment event and signposts you to the latest assessment guidance. This email was sent out at 3:30pm BST on Wednesday 17 April 2024 to all students but does not apply to postgraduate, foundations or personal development students, only undergraduate students who are eligible for invitation to the Summer 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 Summer 2024 assessment event?

  • All units that are completed by - 19 April 2024
  • Will have an invitation to the event by - Midday 26 April 2024 (12pm BST)
  • With a deadline for submission of work by - Midday 10 May 2024 (12pm BST)

How do the dates work?

The 19 April 2024 is the date by which your unit needs to be recorded as complete in order to be eligible for assessment at the online Summer 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 April 2024 (12pm BST). 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 10 May 2024 (12pm BST), 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 Summer 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 Summer 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 Summer 2024 assessment event, but will be unable to submit due to extenuating circumstances, you will need to submit an application to postpone your invitation from the Summer to the Autumn 2024 assessment event. Please check this section of the Student Handbook for further information about postponing your assessment 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 postponement of assessment, the deadline to do so will be Midday 3 May 2024 (12pm GMT). Requests to postpone 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 postponement 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 started to collect affirmations from all students that are invited to an assessment event, to confirm that the work they submit is theirs, in line with current OCA academic and assessment policies and procedures. These affirmations can be made by completing the assessment affirmation google form, which will be linked to the assessment invitation itself.

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 July 2024, and will be with you no later than 26 July 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