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FAQs - Online submission of materials
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Subjects selected for online submission
Which subjects have been selected for online submission in 2020?
All subjects with an external investigation will be submitted online. School assessment materials for all subjects, except Community Studies, will be submitted online.
Working with electronic files
Can I submit files in any format?
No. The range of accepted file formats is designed to ensure that markers and moderators will be able to assess student work using commonly available software.
What are the accepted file names and file formats?
What should I do if the student work was not submitted in an accepted file format?
You will need to save (or convert) the file to an accepted file format. Popular formats for this purpose include pdf, PowerPoint, image and video (including screen capture).
Will students be disadvantaged if their work is converted to an accepted file format?
No, students will not be disadvantaged. In the past, when online submission was not available, student work was routinely converted to accepted formats for marking and moderation without disadvantaging students.
Will Schools Online accept work that is not created using Microsoft Office 2010?
Yes, the SACE Board recognises that student work may be created in versions of Microsoft Office that are older or newer than the 2010 version. It is important to recognise that this may result in cosmetic variations to the way in which student work appears. These cosmetic variations will have no impact on student assessment outcomes.
Will Schools Online accept work that is not documented using Adobe Creative Suite CS5?
Yes. The SACE Board recognises that student work may be created in versions of Adobe that are older or newer than the CS5 suite. It is important to recognise that this may result in changes to the way in which student work appears. These cosmetic variations will have no impact on student assessment outcomes.
If schools prefer, an alternative good practice is to ensure work is published in the final formats such as PDF, image, video, SWF, website ZIP.
Can I submit a link to a website, blog or other online hosted content?
No. It is important that the submitted work is the same as the work assessed by the teacher. Due to the volatile nature of web content, this may not always be the case. We suggest converting the web content to an accepted file format for online submission.
Can I submit a website?
It is important to note that the files will be launched as 'index.htm' or 'index.html' in order to open the website from its root (please make sure that this file exists).
It is necessary that the submitted work is the same as the work assessed by the teacher - this cannot be guaranteed with dynamic hosted content.
Can I scan materials?
Yes, you can scan and submit materials, including images or PDF files, for online submission; however, scanning of paper materials will add an additional step to your processing. We recommend that you ask students to submit their work in an accepted file format with an accepted file name.
Stage 2 teachers are encouraged to review their learning and assessment plan and consider any changes that:
- take advantage of the opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning in electronic ways, and
- ensure you can directly upload student work to Schools Online without scanning.
Can a ZIP file be uploaded directly to Schools Online?
What will happen if the file name or format isn't accepted?
Uploading files that are not named correctly, or have an incompatible format, or contain a virus will be rejected. If files are rejected, teachers will need to check the file name and format then upload again. A dialogue box will appear on your screen advising that the file upload was unsuccessful.
Can there be a space in the file name?
Only in the free text section of the file name. The student registration number, subject code and assessment type code should all be separated by a dash (-).
What information can be included in the free text section of the file name?
How can I find student SACE Registration Numbers?
You can find students' SACE registration numbers in Schools Online by selecting Teacher Classes from the menu. You can then open a class by selecting the relevant Class Code.
What is the largest file size that can be uploaded?
Schools Online does not limit file size. Your school's IT manager may need to consider how to support you with the uploading of very large files, for example, large files could be compressed to smaller more manageable file sizes. Alternatively, large files could be uploaded overnight if bandwidth is an issue during school hours.
What is the best way to store files for easy upload to Schools Online?
We recommend you create a final subject folder and add final versions of student work throughout the year. If it is in the accepted file name and file format, it will be easy to upload to Schools Online via the 'drag and drop' method. See our tutorial videos to learn best practice for preparing files, how to upload files and use new features of results sheets.
Can files be uploaded from a cloud storage provider (e.g. Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive) directly into Schools Online?
No, you cannot upload files directly from cloud storage systems at present. We recommend that if you are working with cloud storage systems use one of the following methods:
- download the ZIP file from the storage provider, unzip it to a local / temporary location, and drag and drop files from there into Schools Online, or
- install a Dropbox desktop client on your computer, and drag the relevant files directly from the local Dropbox folder into Schools Online.
Can I submit materials throughout the year?
No, materials can only be submitted when the Results Sheets are available in Schools Online.
Where and when can I submit their assessment materials in Schools Online?
Teachers of selected Stage 2 subjects can submit assessment materials electronically via Results Sheets in Schools Online.
Results Sheets will be available to you as per the Online Results Sheet calendar.
Can I submit my students' materials all at the same time?
Yes, teachers can submit students' materials all at the same time, as long as files have accepted file name and accepted file formats.
How will I know if my student files have been successfully submitted?
Your student files have been successfully submitted if you can send the completed Result Sheet to the Principal's Delegate as per the current Results Sheet process.
Can I change results or materials submitted after I have submitted my results sheet to the Principal's Delegate?
This depends, if the Result Sheet has not been submitted to the SACE Board then your Principal's Delegate can return the Result Sheet to you for editing. If a change needs to be made after the Result Sheet has been submitted to the SACE Board, the Principal's Delegate will need to contact the SACE Board and make arrangements.
Will files need to be reloaded if there is a loss of internet connection during the upload of student materials?
No, in the event of temporary loss of internet connection (e.g. WiFi interference or modem reset) the upload process will be suspended. The upload process will automatically resume on reconnection, without losing progress.
Can I use Learning Management Systems (e.g. Daymap, Turnitin, Compass) to upload files to Schools Online directly?
No, Schools Online does not integrate with school based systems.
What do schools do if materials cannot be uploaded?
As per current practice, if the materials cannot be uploaded, the Principal's Delegate can contact askSACE@sa.gov.au to find a mutually agreeable solution.
Uploading school assessment materials
Have I submitted all school assessment materials required for moderation?
If the file(s) uploaded represent only one task for the assessment type (when the subject outline requires three tasks be submitted for that assessment type), then moderation may not be able to proceed.
Teachers can refer to the following checklists:
Can I submit school assessment materials for all my students?
No, the system will only accept materials that relate directly to the moderation sample.
If a file is submitted with the wrong assessment type code (e.g. AT2 instead of AT1), will it be accepted and will a moderator be able to identity the sample of work correctly?
If a file is submitted in the correct file-naming format but the assessment code is incorrect, the file will be accepted by Schools Online. However the moderator may not recognise the error. You are responsible for checking each file is named correctly before submitting materials in Schools Online.
What is a Performance Standard Record or PSR?
A Performance Standard Record (PSR) is a record of the overall achievement against the subject performance standards and is available in the School Assessment results sheets in Schools Online.
The PSR is used to record the specific 'performance standard' features achieved for each assessment type by each student included in the moderation sample. Once submitted online the student's school assessment result, corresponding PSR, and student materials are made available to subject moderation panels.
Do I need to complete a Performance Standard Record (PSR) for each assessment task submitted for moderation?
No, the PSR is required for each assessment type. This means that if several assessment tasks are submitted for an assessment type then one PSR is completed to reflect the students overall achievement for the assessment type.
Do I submit my teachers pack online i.e. Learning and assessment plan (LAP) and assessment tasks sheets with my moderation materials?
Yes, you will need to upload the following:
- approved learning and assessment plan (LAP) and addendum if applicable,
- a complete set of task sheets for each assessment type listed in the approved learning and assessment plan
How do I let the SACE Board know a student's moderation sample is incomplete (due to Special Provisions, Missing Tasks, Incomplete Tasks)?
If, to meet the sample selection parameters, it is necessary to include the work of a student with missing materials in the assessment type you will need to provide the Variations - Moderation Materials (VMM) information directly into the School Assessment Online Results Sheet in Schools Online.
How do I submit a Variations - Moderation Materials (VMM) form with my School Assessment materials?
You can provide this information directly into Schools Online via the School Assessment Online Results Sheet for selected students in the sample.
If I suspect a student has plagiarised their work, do I still upload it for moderation?
If, to meet the sample selection parameters, it is necessary to include the work of a student who has been penalised due to a breach of rules in the assessment type, you will provide the Variations - Moderation Materials (VMM) information directly into Schools Online.
Am I required to upload the same group performance i.e. the same audio or video recording for each student selected in the Stage 2 moderation sample?
Yes, one audio or video recording can be submitted for all students selected in the sample. This audio or video recording can be uploaded in the teacher materials section of the result sheet.
Uploading external assessment materials
Do I need to submit a cover sheet for external assessment online submission subjects?
No - you no longer need to complete a cover sheet. SACE Registration number, Subject and Assessment Type details are contained in the file name (see accepted file names for more information).
How do I identify the investigation topic/issue/question when submitting online?
Each investigation submitted online must identify the topic/issue/question on the front page/s of the investigation.
Marks and assessment feedback on student work
Is it mandatory to include assessment feedback, marks, grades, performance standards or task sheets in the student work for school assessment?
No, there is no requirement for student work to include feedback, grades, performance standards or task sheets, but they may be included if that is preferred.
Can feedback to students be provided in hard copy?
Teachers of the Stage 2 subjects selected for online submission can provide assessment feedback to students on electronic or paper copies; however, it is not recommended that they scan this feedback for online.
Will my school have adequate bandwidth to manage this upload?
The SACE Board cannot confirm this for a school. The demand on bandwidth will depend on the many factors that may be occurring at the school at any given time. For this process the amount of data being uploaded will depend on how many enrolments your school has in these subjects.
Will Schools Online protect school networks from any viruses?
Schools Online will automatically scan files for viruses, and will reject any infected files. School ICT staff may need to consider how they support you to remove viruses from infected files.
If I have a question, is there someone who I can contact?
If you require assistance in using, or accessing, Schools Online for results entry you can contact your principal's delegate.
Information on electronic assessment will be updated regularly with training videos and support materials for schools. Beyond this, if further assistance is required, you can email askSACE@sa.gov.au or phone on +61 8 8115 4712 between 8.30 am to 5 pm (Australian Central Standard Time).