Students Staff
University of Essex

January 15, 2018

Getting the best out of FASER

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Alex ONeill @ 1:44 pm


On Monday 22 January 2018, there will be a new version of FASER released to all staff and students.

FASER originally started life as a project in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE). When it was adopted by IT Services in 2005/6, FASER had roughly 5,000 submissions per academic year. With ongoing increases each year, 2015/16 saw nearly 150,000 student submissions in addition to 120,000 items of feedback, which is over 50 times the number of items FASER was initially designed for. It became clear that drastic change was needed, so a new version has been developed.

Over the last year a lot of Learning Technology Services’ blood, sweat and tears has gone into developing a new and improved version of FASER that is more scalable, more robust and paves the way for future developments.

With a bunch of coursework marking coming up, now might be a great time to look at ways FASER can make marking easier for you:

  • Annotate coursework online
    No need to scribble on paper or carry loads of coursework around with you, you can login to FASER and edit coursework wherever you are. It’s just got better too – based on feedback from users, the system now uses an alternative supplier to provide improved online annotation.
  • See outstanding tasks
    There are now calls to action in FASER to guide you towards common outstanding tasks relating to an assignment, reducing how long it takes you to get through your work.
  • Support for you to support disabled students
    FASER now has increased visibility of and guidance about students with a Specific Learning Disability (SpLD) or Asperger Syndrome Disorder (ASD).
  • Improved performance
    New technology behind the scenes has made FASER quicker and will enable even more performance improvements in the future.

If you would like a sneak peek of the new version, simply click on the blue banner when you next log in to FASER.


Book onto one of our drop-in Lunch and Learn sessions running this term in Colchester:

  • 25th January, 1 – 2pm
  • 26th January, 1 – 2pm
  • 29th January, 1 – 2pm
  • 30th January, 1 – 2pm
  • 31st January, 1 – 2pm
  • 1st February, 1 – 2pm
  • 2nd February, 1 – 2pm

Or in Southend:

  • 30th January, all day

In addition to these, you can find out more about the new FASER by:

  • Using the Take a tour of this page link on FASER pages;
  • Browsing FASER’s help and support pages;
  • Looking out for updates to the FASER Training Moodle courses.

November 13, 2017

Drop-in sessions (Talis, Moodle, Faser)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Hannah Groom @ 9:00 am

Feeling stressed about the different learning technologies that the University uses? Don’t know the difference between Moodle or Talis or don’t know why you should be using them? Or maybe you know how to use them but want to make it work better for you. Then these drop-in sessions are for you.

Every fortnight, TEL in combination with the library will be holding drop in sessions for anybody who would like help with Talis, Moodle, and Faser.

Whilst we ask that you sign up on HR organiser, you can come along for any help whether it is a quick simple question or whether you have never used the software before and would like someone to go through it with you from scratch.

The first session was held on Wednesday 18th October and since then both academic and professional services staff have come along to get help with a variety of issues; indeed, often coming along for one issue but then solving another in the same session.

Members of staff are on hand to go through things with you at a pace to suit you and as it is 1-to-1 it can be productive as well as helping you feel more confident with using the technologies (or at least be confident with asking us for help!)

The next session will be on 15th November 8:30 until 13:00. Sign up here.