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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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August 27, 2014

MEFE is going public

Filed under: FASER, MEFE, Projects — Alex ONeill @ 12:10 pm

The MEFE project is going public next week as we speak about it at ALT C, a conference organised by the Association for Learning Technology with over 400 learning technologists attending from around the world.

We will be talking not only about the content of the project and what we have developed, but how the project has been run and what we have done to understand what our users want and need out of a feedback system.

The focus of the talk will be on “maximising engagement” of users, with the system, the feedback process and with each other. The next 12 months of the MEFE project will be looking at how to encourage this engagement across the University, showing the benefits of feedback and how the features of FASer can help with different parts of the process.

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August 5, 2014

IT purchasing is changing – introducing the new Centrally Funded Desktop scheme (CFD)

Filed under: Computers, News, Projects — Dan Jolly @ 10:15 am

The Centrally Funded Desktop scheme allocates eVouchers on an annual basis to each Department (Academic and Professional Services) to ensure University funded staff have appropriate equipment to carry out their work. The head of department or delegated nominee uses these eVouchers to obtain computers at no cost to their department.

Learn more here: http://www.essex.ac.uk/it/computers/purchasing/cfd/

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July 7, 2014

Integrated similarity checking is nearly here!

Filed under: FASER, MEFE, Projects — Tags: , , — Alex ONeill @ 9:56 am

We are in the final stages of testing the FASer integration with our chosen similarity / plagiarism checker, Ephorus. It’s looking good and will make life much easier when organising submissions to be checked. All that will be required is to set up similarity checking on the Edit Assignment page and the final document submitted by each student will be automatically checked. You can then see the results and the reports directly in the FASer system – no more downloading and uploading of files requred!

Find out more about Ephorus here: https://www.ephorus.com. More detailed instructions will be released once we launch the changes.

Also note, we are not planning on retiring TurnItIn at this time so it will still be available for manual checking if required.

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June 10, 2014

Similarity checking integration underway

Filed under: FASER, MEFE, Projects — Alex ONeill @ 11:45 am

The ability to automatically send documents for similarity checking is currently in development!

We are working on an integration with Ephorus, a popular similarity checking software which has a large user base in Europe and is gaining many users in the UK. This integration will mean you can create assignments in FASer that will automatically check the similarity of all or a portion of submissions after the deadline. It checks against millions of web pages and online journals, as well as comparing documents with previously submitted items. Academics and administrators will be able to see at a glance what percentage of a document has been matched against something else and see a report detailing what bits are similar to another document and the source of the match.

Development is fully underway with a plan to release the functionality at the beginning of July.

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