Category Archives: Product Features/Comparisons

UK HE system requirements: invitation to suppliers to respond

Jisc and UCISA have been working with universities to develop a statement of requirements to help suppliers understand the needs of UK higher education in relation to the electronic management of assessment (EMA). We have created a template for suppliers to respond to those requirements to help universities better understand the ways in which particular … Read more

Outcomes of the feedback hub solution development

Moving the management of assessment online has opened up new possibilities and expectations around the role of assessment in learning. One of these is the use of holistic feedback; feedback that comes from across the years of a degree programme, and not just the modules a learner is enrolled in at the moment. History: the … Read more

Vendors start work on assignment interoperability in IMS

For the past couple of months, vendors such as TurnItIn, Blackboard and Elucian, as well as a number of UK Universities, have been working on a solution for assignment interoperability in the IMS Assignment Task Force. This is highly relevant for the Jisc’s Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) project, because it holds the promise of … Read more

EMA supporting effective feedback at the Institute of Education (now part of UCL)

Background and context The Institute of Education (IOE) has a reputation as the UK’s premier institution for the education and training of teachers and for educational and social research. Each year over 1,000 graduates train as teachers at the IOE on PGCE courses and over 4,000 embark on higher degrees. Many students are working and … Read more

Centralising Feedback

Many institutions struggle to provide truly developmental support for learners because of difficulties in storing and accessing feedback at a programme level. This is a particular problem for personal tutors who need to understand how students are performing across a range of units, but may not teach on any of those units and thus do … Read more

More comparisons

It looks like many of you are undertaking similar work in comparing tools. Here is another contribution from Anna Verges, University of Manchester looking at Turnitin/GradeMark and Blackboard in terms of their e-submission/e-marking/e-feedback capabilities. Manchester Comparing_submission_marking_Turnitin_vs_bbv5 She has also provided some further analysis relating to Blackboard – can it carry out certain functions and, if … Read more

Mind the Gap

Marking and production of feedback is probably the most problematic component of the life-cycle as it is the area where the fit between institutional processes and the functionality of commercially available IT systems is least well matched. We are hearing very clear messages from the sector that existing systems do not adequately meet institutional requirements … Read more

The right tools for the job

Approaches to marking and feedback are often highly personal and conditioned by preferences for online or off-line marking. Some staff prefer familiar tools such as Microsoft Word but find the lack of integration with other EMA systems a drawback (e.g. the need to return work to each student separately – involving an email per student). … Read more