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March 17, 2016

Changes to FASER – March 2016

Filed under: Elearning, FASER, MEFE, Projects — Benjamin Steeples @ 10:41 am

During the last few months we have been making improvements to FASER, both as part of our ongoing commitment to learning technologies, and as part of Making Electronic Feedback Effective phase 3 project (MEFE 3). Some of our recent improvements include:

  • Departments can ask students if they want the marker to focus feedback in a particular area.
  • Staff can hide feedback for individual students.
  • Departments can upload a feedback cover sheet for each assignment. This cover sheet is subsequently available to markers via the Feedback Assistant, and can be annotated online.
  • It is possible for departments to download all feedback for an assignment.
  • Formative FASER-only assignments can now be deleted.
  • Assignment descriptions can now be formatted.
  • Students can see an overview of all deadlines.
  • Lots of tiny improvements and fixes across FASER.

Looking ahead, we are currently working on:

  • Direct mark entry in FASER
  • Adding action-based feedback to assignments
  • Improved training and support
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December 12, 2015

Changes to FASER – December 2015

Filed under: Elearning, FASER, MEFE, Projects — Benjamin Steeples @ 9:28 am

During the last few months we have been making improvements to FASER, both as part of our ongoing commitment to learning technologies, and as part of Making Electronic Feedback Effective phase 3 project (MEFE 3). Some of our recent improvements include:

  • Departments can ask students if they want the marker to focus feedback in a particular area.
  • Departments can upload a feedback cover sheet for each assignment. This cover sheet is subsequently available to markers via the Feedback Assistant, and can be annotated online.
  • Formative FASER-only assignments can now be deleted.
  • Lots of tiny improvements and fixes across FASER.

Looking ahead, we are currently working on:

  • Improved training and support
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March 6, 2015

Changes to FASER

Filed under: Elearning, FASER, MEFE, Uncategorized — Alex ONeill @ 11:13 am

We’ve been beavering away on a few FASER changes in the last few weeks:

  • Staff can now edit comments in the Feedback Assistant.
  • The Feedback Assistant is faster.
  • Student lists are ordered by name.
  • Anyone who can edit assignments can now give permissions to other staff by adding them as a lecturer or second marker.
  • We also now have over 200 beta testers using our new mobile-friendly student pages.
  • The login screen is different:

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What’s coming up

  • Rethinking the structure of the student submission downloadable zip files for staff.
  • Getting the Feedback Assistant student list to behave itself when marking (so you don’t have to keep finding the student you were on before).
  • Making a few tweaks to the student pages and then releasing them to all students after the end of term. We will be organising some information for staff so you can get an idea of what the students will see, but meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek…

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October 9, 2014

FASER or FASer?

Filed under: FASER, MEFE — Alex ONeill @ 5:02 pm

You may have noticed two different ways of writing FASER around recently. We’ve changed the name of the system to be written as FASER (all capitals) but it may take us a little while to switch all the references over on the website, so bear with us. We couldn’t quite handle the mixed case…

Apologies for any confusion!

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September 9, 2014

MEFE makes an entrance at ALT C

Filed under: Elearning, FASER, MEFE, Projects — Alex ONeill @ 12:40 pm

So, the MEFE talk at ALT C last week went pretty well I think!

ALT C is the annual conference organised by the Association for Learning Technology and although I’ve been a number of times this is the first time I have done a talk there (although my colleague Ben did do one on our Listen Again lecture capture service last year, which also went down well I think). I was doing one of the first sessions on the first day which is a pretty good slot – everyone was still bright eyed and bushy tailed!

It seemed to go well with only standing room left in the room I was in - probably about 40 or so in the audience. There were some really interesting questions and I got talking to some members of other universities about their online submission systems, it was great to find out where other institutions are in comparison to us. In fact the guy who did a talk just before me has been running a project at Bournemouth looking at video feedback – I’m hoping I can use some of his suggestions to create some useful guidance for any academics who want to try it for their students.

Here are my slides from the day, although no recording I’m afraid (shame they didn’t have Listen Again there otherwise all sessions could have been recorded easily!)

It was a great conference this year with some fascinating talks about how technology is being used across the globe to enhance the learning experience for students. We’ve been having some really good discussions in the team about how we can apply what we’ve learnt at Essex to improve our services so watch this space!

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