Supporting online workflows for anonymous assignment submission and feedback return is a key challenge for many higher education institutions in the UK, with the electronic management of assessment (EMA) identified as a key strategic priority by JISC (Ferrell and Grey, 2015). While there are a number of commercially available products that have been deployed by institutions to address different stages of this workflow, there remains a need for an ‘end-to- end’ solution to address all elements of the assessment and feedback lifecycle, and interoperability between systems has been identified as a key challenge for progress with EMA.
This presentation describes the design, development and deployment by the University of X of a bespoke technical solution for EMA, meeting the diverse needs of over 30 different academic departments and teaching centres (Walker, 2015). A key requirement in the design process was to identify facets of shared assessment practice, which would support the development of a solution useful to all stakeholders, whilst also providing sufficient flexibility to support diverse practice both between and within departments. The presentation will describe how students, administrators, assessment managers and markers have participated in the design and and development of this workflow through an ongoing cycle of consultations, iterative developments, pilots and evaluation.
The presentation will focus on how the most recent series of evaluations with key stakeholder groups from across the institution has informed development priorities, in particular policy and support requirements, departmental processes and practices, further technical developments, and ongoing research in areas. As well as the technical requirements of any EMA solution, particular attention has been given to the impact of technology on feedback practices and efficacy. Participants will be invited to consider the tension between student demands for detailed feedback and in particular annotated scripts, and the impact of technology on staff workloads and the feedback itself.
Ferrell, G. and Grey, L. 2013. Electronic management of assessment | Jisc. [online] Jisc. [Accessed 27 Mar. 2015]. Available from: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/electronic-assessment-management
Walker, R. 2015. Enhancing the assessment experience through closer integration between the SRS and VLE. Bett Show 2015, Achieving technology consistency across your university, 22nd January, London.