CASPA is the Coursework and Assessment Scheduler for Programme Administration developed by CEDE (Centre for Engineering and Design Education). The system can be accessed on and off campus and allows staff to schedule any type of module assessment including physical, virtual (Learn/TurnItIn), performance, presentation, examination, laboratory, workshop etc. Students can use CASPA to view their assessment schedule, record physical submissions at a CASPA kiosk and view their record of work submitted and returned to them.
CASPA is now being used by all four CEDE Schools (Wolfson, CBE, AACME, and Design School) and the School of Science. Support has been given to each of these schools including the rolling-over of last year's assessment data and meeting with key users on a one-to-one basis to provide support as necessary.
CASPA enhancements in 2014-15
CASPA has undergone some significant enhancements during 2015. The user interface has been enhanced and includes additional features for filtering information. Two key enhancements have been added to facilitate assessments with staggered deadlines and to gather assessment information from Learn/TurnItIn regarding virtual assessments. A pdf document has been created for each of these features to serve as help guides (downloadable from the CASPA website).
The three existing quick CASPA overview, staff guide and student guide have been updated to reflect the latest version of CASPA and they are downloadable from the CASPA website.
- Assessments with staggered deadlines -You can now add an assessment to CASPA that has multiple deadlines for the same assessment. This staggered assessment type means that you are able to have a different deadline for each time the same assessment is undertaken by a different set of students. An overview of this feature can be downloaded here: Staggered Assessments in CASPA For example: The same laboratory assessment is run multiple times across a semester allowing different sets of students to attend the laboratory session on different dates. The staggered assessment feature means that the laboratory assessment can now have different submission deadlines dependent on the laboratory session attended.
- CASPA access to Learn/TurnItIn assessment data - CEDE have worked with IT Services to enable assessment data provided in Learn/TurnItIn to be displayed in CASPA. Although CASPA is unable to directly write information into Learn/TurnItIn a link can now be made manually between an assessment in CASPA and its corresponding virtual assessment in Learn/TurnItIn. This means that Learn/TurnItIn assessment information regarding submission deadlines, student submissions and return of work to students can now be viewed in CASPA.
Additionally, two surveys have been carried out this academic year to gain a perspective on the usability and further requirements for CASPA from both a staff and a student perspective. This has comprised initial meetings and a small survey of student and administrative users to help inform system development.