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University of Essex

November 12, 2013

Watermarking Microsoft Office 2013 documents

Filed under: Bug fix,System Development,System Update,Technical — Richy @ 2:31 pm

We had noticed that failures were coming in regarding the watermarking of some documents, we identified that the 3rd party piece of software that is used behind the scenes for document checking (Aspose) was not functioning correctly with the new version of Microsoft Office 2013 documents.

The development team have since introduced a fix which should resolve any issues dealing with the version incompatibility however errors now give us a reduced level of informaiton as to where there may be a problem.

Since releasing this fix we haven’t seen any submission failures regarding this specific issue at all, however if you are using Office 2013 and you get a submission failure please use the in FASer contact us form or send LTT an email detailing as much as you can.


November 11, 2013

Feedback and Assessment Day, Wednesday 27th November

Filed under: Event,Focus Group,Promotional Event,Training — Richy @ 2:19 pm

Join us for a practical, informative and thought-provoking programme of events on Wednesday 27 November focused on feedback and assessment.

Organised as a series of stand-alone, drop-in sessions, the assessment and feedback day will kick-off at 9.45 in the Ivor Crewe Seminar Room with a keynote from Mark Russell, Professor of Learning and Assessment at King’s College, London, and Head of Technology Enhanced Learning. Over the course of the afternoon there will be opportunities to gain insights into the practicalities of introducing new assessment methods; to learn about TESTA, an innovative project to consider the relationship between assessment and feedback over a complete degree course; to be introduced to some techniques that colleagues from across the faculties have been employing in their teaching; and to learn more about FASer, the University’s new online system for e-submission, e-feedback, and e-assessment.

Workshops being run on the day include:

For further on the sessions please view the moodle post, you will need to self regsiter to get access to the full programme. For more information please contact Dr Maxwell Stevenson

November 6, 2013

New training video: uploading assignment files

Filed under: Screencast,Training — Richy @ 2:06 pm

We have released a new tutorial video showcasing some of the changes that FASer has undergone since upgrading from OCS and the process for submitting files for an assignment. Lecturers should encourage their students to view this video to make sure they understand the submission process, especially if they are new to the university or have not had to make electronic submissions for a while.

Within this screencast you will learn to:

  • upload files for an assignment;
  • navigate the FASer UI;
  • understand the reasons for the upgrade from OCS.

The video can be found on the IT Training and Engagement team’s youtube page

Or by following this link:

If you have experienced any issues or bugs please email the Learning Technology Team at with full details of the issue.