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					 Technology to support the
transition from paper based
   to electronic modes of
 feedback and assessment


           Mark Dransfield, Technology Enhanced Learning Advisor &
                                            University Teaching Fellow
     Nikki Swift, Senior Teaching Fellow, York St John Business School
      Background of e-marking and
       feedback in the University
• 2007/8 Pilot projects (video feedback link)
• 2008 e-submission working group
• 2009: University Quality of the Student
  Experience (QSEC) committee decided to
  implement e-submission across the university
  from 2010/11
• 2010: The Dean of the Business School decides to
  implement e-feedback across the Business School
• 2010: STEF project funding granted through L&TD
• Wanted to find a range of methods for people
  to mark electronically which they were
  personally comfortable with
 Initial aims of the STEF project
• To embed e-marking and feedback in the
  Business School
• To gain an understanding of the impact of new
  technologies on e-marking and feedback
• To inform the University of the most efficient
  and practical ways of working with these
  technologies, potentially avoiding investing in
  unworkable/impractical technologies
• To share knowledge with the University and
  the sector of attitudes to marking on screen
               Equipment used
•   iPads
•   Digital Pen & Lightweight laptop
•   Macbook Air
•   Kindle
•   Dual Monitors
•   TurnitinUK & Grademark
iPad demo
                               iPads
• Positive reports:
   – Useful to be able to access your marking anywhere, e.g. on the train
   – Very useful for meetings and email
• Negative reports:
   – iTunes not available on networked PCs
   – People experienced problems during initial setup with personal iTunes
     account (not so much a problem with iOS5)
   – Complex process of getting assignments on to the ipad and back to
     Moodle
   – Complex administrative process of purchasing ‘apps’ – ‘gifting’
   – Poor quality annotations/fiddly to do
   – Didn’t replicate marking on paper closely enough
   – Some people didn’t complete the project as desired
 1 Digital pen & lightweight laptop
• Link to YouTube video
• Feedback from user
             1 Macbook Air
• Most powerful and light
• First ultrabook style on the market
• Shift of operating system (YSJ a ‘Microsoft
  House’)
                  Kindle
• Some information from Keith
              Dual monitors
• Some findings from dual monitors – explored
  further in practical stuff
• Findings from the project led on to most of
  the faculty being equipped with DMs
• Negatives of being fixed to a location (work!)
TurnitinUK & Grademark
   Drawbacks observed in the early stages of the
                    project
• The steps required to secure student work
  during the download/upload of annotated
  scripts to Moodle are time consuming and can
  add a lot of time to the assessment process
• On screen marking using PCs is reported to be
  very slow. We considered whether this could
  be due to:
  – Reading/scanning/reviewing small section of text
    at once
  – Being a new method of working which may speed
    up with experience
 Benefits observed in the early stages of the project

• Hardware purchases were reported to
  improve staff efficiency in other areas (time
  management, email access on the go etc.)
• Ease of access to documents
• Materials are accessible by External
  Examiners
         Second Phase – Year 2
• 11 ipad users
• 2 Asus tablet users
                   Mentoring
•   ‘Buddies’
•   Length of project restrictive – 3 semesters
•   Staff reluctant to ask for assistance
•   Basic use is reasonably intuitive
•   Staff workloads/time constraints meant
•   Unofficial support system?
         Impact of the project
• Year 1 29% involved in the project

• Year 2 44% directly involved in the project,
  but all having benefitted from dual screens
   Emerging Aims of the project

• To consider the impact of working with
  mobile technologies on data security
• To consider the impact of e-marking and
  feedback on student perceptions of feedback
• To consider the impact of e-marking and
  feedback on staff time and feedback
  turnaround times
                  Findings
• Mismatch between expectations and what the
  technology is capable of
• Time is a major issue for almost everyone
  involved in the project
• No one size fits all solution, people have to
  find their own preferred methods
• Attitudes are mixed, some love it and some
  hate it (new staff are more accepting
  generally)
                The Future
• Opinions are not uniform – some staff have
  welcomed e-marking
• Opinions are divided over different devices
• Upload to VLE is being supported by admin
  staff
• New devices coming soon with
  different/improved stylus technology, e.g.
  Galaxy Note 10.1

				
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