Electronic management of assessment (EMA)

The University student survey action plan 2017 identified as a priority that Schools should be encouraged to move to online marking and feedback wherever possible.  From 2017-18 the Digital Education Office (DEO) will continue to support Schools to review current approaches to coursework submission and marking, and support implementation of standardised electronic management of assessment (EMA) workflows. There will be a phased approach to enable work with all Schools over three years.

Project update - 2018-19

Having worked with a range of colleagues in different Schools during 2017-18, we have heard feedback that our current toolset needs improvement in certain areas, and that markers and administrators would appreciate a simpler set of workflows.   In 2018-19 the focus of the project is to:

1. Improve our marking and feedback toolset

Development of the tool took place between July 2018 and February 2019. Trials have been completed and the tool is availble for use. Please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk to find out more.

2. Streamline the number of EMA workflows

In order to simplify marking and moderation we have identified a number of supported and recommended workflows. For more information see Using Blackboard for online submission and marking (staff)

3. Ensure effective and sustainable integration of SLSP with current and future EMA workflows

As the Student Lifecycle Support Programme (SLSP) brings integration for marks transfer between Blackboard and SITS in 2019, we are working with SLS colleagues to ensure sustainable integration of SLSP with current and future EMA workflows

Overall aims of the project

The EMA project aims to deliver:

10 steps to introducing EMA

  1. Initial contact between School and Digital Education Office (DEO)
  2. Scoping meeting to establish overall aims, key people, roles and responsibilities and timescales
  3. Review of current practice: to make sure DEO has a clear understanding of what happens at the moment, what is essential and what could be improved or changed
  4. Create workflow: check requirements, map these to a workflow, create a prototype for staff to try out, adjust if necessary, and finalise
  5. Training and production of support materials
  6. Set-up (with ongoing support from DEO)
  7. First submission date (with ongoing support from DEO)
  8. Marking and moderation (with ongoing support from DEO)
  9. Evaluation: what went well, what could be improved next time
  10. Adjustment of workflow: liaison between School and DEO to implement changes for next iteration if required

Further information

To find out more about the project please contact Roger Gardner, Digital Education Development Manager:  roger.gardner@bristol.ac.uk.

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