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Published by the Learning and Teaching Unit
Winter 2003
ISSN 1477-1241
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Vol 2 Issue 1: Assessment

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Rachel Forsyth

The Concept of Plagiarism
Bill Johnston

Plagiarism Detection Software - a new JISC service
Rachel Forsyth

Can students assess students effectively? Some insights into peer-assessment
A. Mark Langan and and C. Philip Wheater

Exploring the potential of Multiple-Choice Questions in Assessment
Edwina Higgins and Laura Tatham

Developing a new assessment strategy
Gaynor Lea-Greenwood

Assessing the Un-assessable
Tim Dunbar

How to assess disabled students without breaking the law
Mike Wray

Returning Feedback to Students via Email Using Electronic Feedback 9
Phil Denton

Tools for Computer-Aided Assessment
Alan Fielding and Enid Bingham

Faculty Learning and Teaching Reports

Learning and Teaching News from the Library


Caroline Williams
Library Services Manager (Electronic Development)

Learning and Teaching News from the Library

Linking Library resources to WebCT courses and Intranets

Making the link between electronic course material and relevant quality library resources is getting easier with a growing number of new tools. Mark Stubbs, Senior Lecturer MMUBS, has developed just one example. Mark has set up seamless links from the MMUBS Intranet to TalisList, the Library electronic reading list facility. This directs students to the electronic version of the reading list of the module/course they are currently studying. To find out more read on.

Online reading lists

Along with only a handful of other universities in the UK, MMU Library has a new facility making tutors’ course reading lists accessible at the touch of a button. The online lists provide links to books, journals and web resources, as recommended to students by their tutors. Direct web links are provided for electronic resources such as web sites and e-journals. Check out the facility for yourself by going to the Library web catalogue and clicking on Reading Lists. This will take you to the Reading List welcome screen. From here you can access individual course and unit titles and display associated reading lists. To ensure there isn’t a gap where your reading list should be on the library catalogue, contact your local library staff.

The next step is to link these reading lists to electronic course material in intranets and WebCT courses. If you are interested in linking your lists to online courses please contact me.

Linking to the Library in WebCT

LibWeb is a WebCT short course from the Library for WebCT developers. It is a step-by-step guide to creating links from your WebCT courses to the Library website, catalogue and electronic resources. If LibWeb isn’t in your myWebCT area, e-mail us at

Finding quality free Internet resources

The Resource Discovery Network (RDN) and Virtual Training Suite (VTS) are national initiatives to collect, catalogue, and help students learn how to find quality free Internet resources in different subject areas. The RDN, its search tool and VTSs can be embedded into electronic course material. Have a look at these fabulous resources at:
To find out more about linking to them in your VLE see:


Many electronic databases and journals now provide static links to individual articles. This enables direct seamless linking to the articles you want your students to read without the need for searching. Just one of the services providing this facility is Infotrac, one of our most popular resources with undergraduate students. The Infotrac service contains several full-text databases including Custom Newspapers, Expanded Academic ASAP, and General Business File International. The Infotrac InfoMark facility allows you to save page locations; an InfoMark at the top of any page indicates that the URL of the page persists even when the session is over. Persistent URLs can be bookmarked for future reference or copied into an electronic mail message or onto a Web page.


Caroline Williams
Library Services Manager (Electronic Development)
All Saints Library
Ext: 6659
Library Website: URL:


February 2003
ISSN 1477-1241

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