York St John Student Missing Homework

Perhaps you have already heard of the York St John MA Leading Innovation and Change (MALIC). One of your business contacts may be a MALIC, or perhaps you are one yourself. There are many MALICs out there – a network of more than 600 professionals who all have one thing in common – they have obtained their degree from York St John University, online. To be more precise, in a blended-learning delivery, with a one week residency in York or Zürich, by virtue of our exclusive partnership with YSJU.

Partnership agreement between YSJ and RKC continues

I am very excited to report that we expect an increase in the number of MALICs: true to their common mission, YSJ and RKC have recently met at the highest level in order to renew their commitment to deliver MALIC at a global level, reaching people all over the world and allowing them to study while continuing their (most often full-time) jobs. Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor of York St John University, and David Chesser, Chief Operating Officer, met with Prof David Costa, Dean of Robert Kennedy College, Stefano Costa, CFO, and Prof David Duffill, Deputy Dean, and officially signed the agreement.

With graduates in over 100 countries, MALIC is one of the largest global Master programmes, and we are very excited about being able to increase these numbers and thus do our little bit in improving the overall quality of leadership in the work place.

Whether it is at one of our York or Zürich residencies, or at graduation in the most impressive York Minster, it is always humbling to meet our students in the flesh – CEOs, senior managers, junior managers, serial entrepreneurs, vice-presidents – and yet they all went back to school, with a deep desire to improve and learn. For that, hat off!


Sometimes I ask my students, when they start their first module, what made them join the programme. For many it was the desire to understand why projects fail, how to be a better leader, how to deal with a difficult boss, or simply because they never had the time to go to school before life took over! And one of the most rewarding experiences is to receive, every now and again, an email that talks about life after MALIC (although sometimes it is also about life during MALIC).

“One of my critical learning points was the MALIC program was instantly transferable and immediately relevant, the course has had a dramatic impact on how I operate within different cultures. My appreciation and awareness of how people respond, react and need empathetic leadership styles in varying cultures has been tremendous.” – Simon

“Besides being a farmer I teach in AICAT (Arava International Centre for Agricultural Training). We bring 700 agricultural students from the Asian countries over for a 10-month, hands-on experience. I teach Agro-economics and Agro-entrepreneurship and from day one of my studies [in MALIC] I began using my newly gained knowledge, such as Schein’s Cultural Understandings and Kotter’s Eight Stages of Leading Change. The best part of the online experience was the interaction with other students. Same books, same articles, same questions but such diverse answers and understandings from fellow students; culture galore on the RKC forums.” – Eyal

 “My study at RKC has deepened my insight into the different antecedents of innovation and successful change that need to be strengthened in my work and working environment. It has boosted my concern for people. It has enabled me to respect others’ perspectives, even seek contrary or novel views and value the contributions people can make no matter what their status in the organisation.” – Pius

Don’t think it is all milk and honey though – studying online is challenging, albeit rewarding. You need strong time management skills and discipline, but with proper support achieving an academic degree while working is doable. You get support from us, as academics, and from our amazing StudentCare team, but we found that, perhaps most importantly, the best support comes from your peers, your colleagues who are experiencing the same challenges and conversations. Eyal and Pius, above, have met at the residency in York after taking a few classes online together, and I’ve never seen a bigger hug than these two big guys shared.

So, one might say we have done well so far – we will strive to do even better, and perhaps, who knows, if you are not a MALIC yourself, the time has come to become one! With a new, modular approach, in which you can build your programme in a module by module approach, there has never been a better time to learn! If you want to learn more about MALIC, have a look at our MALIC website and request a catalogue – our admissions team will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Reflection session during the September 2015 residency in York

York St John University has adopted electronic assignment submission and electronic marking and feedback for all appropriate assignments.

This part of the life-cycle refers to the process of students handing over assignments to be marked. More details on this are available in the JISC Guide.

Assignment submission methods depend entirely on the type of assessment being carried out and the Moodle assignment tool has a variety of settings/options which help to determine how the assignment works and which features are enabled, or not.

The assignment tool includes standard grading scales such as Pass/Fail or a mark out of 100; but for more creative assessments there is also the option to submit a Mahara Portfolio, a Video assignment and a WordPress website. Here's a breakdown of the available options:

Moodle – Submitting an Assignment

The assignment module allows tutors to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback including grades. The work students submit is visible only to the teacher and not to the other students unless a group assignment is selected.

Resources:Video | Submitting a Moodle Assignment (PDF, 0.5MB)


TurnItIn - Submitting an Assignment

TurnitinUK is a plagiarism detection and electronic assignment submission web-service that enables HE institutions to carry out a comparison of student's work against electronic sources. The service can be accessed via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. Tutors can choose to use a Turnitin assignment type in place of Moodle's own assignment type.

Resources:Submitting a Turnitin Assignment (PDF, 0.3MB)


Moodle - Submitting Mahara Portfolio for Assessment

Mahara is the Institutions e-portfolio system that is primarily used for student assessments. An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, video, audio, blog entries, and hyperlinks. Rather than submitting a Word document or PDF, student's can submit a single portfolio page or a collection of portfolio pages to a Moodle Assignment.

Resources: Submitting a Mahara ePortfolio (PDF, 0.4MB)


Media Library - Submitting a Video Assignment

Video assessments are becoming increasingly popular in Higher Education. The Media Library is designed to make it easy for staff and students to upload existing media content, and for these to be encoded for streaming delivery. Videos uploaded to the Media Library can easily be submitted to a Moodle assignment by submitting a link to the video file.


WordPress - Exporting for Assessment

WordPress is being used across the Institution for a range of assessments. The assessment type will determine the best way for the WordPress site to be submitted. For further information and guidance on using WordPress for assessment, please contact the TEL team: tel@yorksj.ac.uk



Module Leader

  • Ensure that students have adequate information about submission arrangements
  • Provide guidance on how students should students should submit their work

Head of Programme

  • Monitor submissions over the year; consider the number of Exceptional Circumstances claims and academic appeals to ensure that submission arrangements are fair and accessible

Assessment Lifecycle by Academic Development Directorate is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on work at Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, some of which was developed as part of the JISC-supported TRAFFIC project.

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