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PechaKucha Session 4: eSubmission and eFeedback ā€“ is it becoming mainstream? -- 194

16:15 - 17:15 on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 in 2.220

eSubmission and eFeedback have increasingly become mainstream activities in the universities in the UK. eSubmission, which is the online submission of an assignment, is becoming a reality at a faster pace than eFeedback, which is online feedback such as text or audio.

There are different perceptions about the reality of the need for the change and the speed to implement it. Students and management believe that it is easy to mainstream eSubmission and eFeedback and would like it to happen immediately. Central support services are willing to support the change but are aware of the reality of the resourcing and sustainability which are required for mainstreaming staff training and secure, robust systems. Initially, many academics are supportive of eSubmission providing they can still mark a paper copy. Once they have participated in the process they are more willing to move towards total ā€œeā€ with eFeedback.

Policy and practice about eSubmission and eFeedback in UK HEI has been obtained through online surveys to the Heads of eLearning Forum in 2011 and 2012 (HeLF, 2012). This forum is a network of over 125 nominated Heads from UK Higher Education institutions who are engaged in promoting, supporting and developing eLearning. They have an overview perspective of developments in their own institution. The surveys were developed by a group of HeLF representatives who are currently implementing eSubmission in their institution.

The survey results are analysed using quantitative and qualitative methods (HeLF, 2012). The results from 2011 showed the increasing use of eSubmission but only 11% implemented both eSubmission and eFeedback. The results, from March 2012, show the extent to which eSubmission has become more mainstream, over the past year. They also indicate a gradual shift towards eFeedback, as lecturers become more experienced in using the software. Before they engage in the process, many academics are adamant that they will need a paper copy for marking. However, after the initial experience and observation of what colleagues are doing, some do choose to change over to eFeedback.

The results from the 2012 survey highlight the emerging trend towards mainstreaming eSubmission and eFeedback. They also show the extent to which the drive to move in this direction from management and students has turned into reality or led to confrontation.

The results will enable participants to compare the current policy and practice at their institution to the rest of the UK.


Presentation slides in Powerpoint:

Thursday, 27 September 2012, 14:28