Workshop 2 SOLAR/ VLE Tools


The aims of this workshop are:

  • To offer an overview of SOLAR and Moodle tools
  • Demonstrate these tools using examples from the sector
  • Offer hands on practice in using tools


Before attending this workshop you should have:

  • contributed to the discussion forum ‘Reflections on Workshop1’
  • provided your feedback via the short survey on workshop 1
  • completed the Baseline Questionnaire (academic staff only)

Workshop Two Programme

Programme Overview:

Time Topic Delivery
10:00 – 10:10h Arrival, tea + coffee
10:10 – 10:30h Introduction and Housekeeping
Timesheets and Case Study Deliverables
Jennifer Louden, CoGC
10:30 – 12:30h Introduction to Moodle eAssessment Tools George Howie, CoGC
12:30 – 13:10h Lunch
13:10 – 13:50h Overview of SOLAR and writing assessments Campbell White, SQA
13:50 – 14:20h Using SOLAR in Practice Chris Deegan, CoGC
14:20 – 14:50h Use of Wikis and Blogs in Assessment Veronica Harris, SQA
14:50 – 15:00h Tea/coffee
15:00 – 16:00h Facilitated discussion to begin to formulate plans for redesigning assessment Joan Walker, Jisc RSC Scotland


Case Study in HN Business: Expectations and Outputs (PDF). Overview of deliverables and associated timelines for case study participants.

Overview of SOLAR (pdf) Presentation by Campbell White, SQA

Common Design Issues in Multiple Choice Questions (pdf)

Designing High Quality Objective Questions (doc)

Using SOLAR in Practice (pdf) Presentation by Chris Deegan

Writing Assessments (pdf)

Desiging for Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (pdf). Examples of multiple choice questions designed to test LOTS and HOTS

Reflections on Workshop 2 (doc)

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