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The Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) Programme – University of Reading

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  • Enabling a consistently good student assessment experience

  • Providing an improved, supported assessment experience for staff

  • Reducing the administrative burden of assessments

The Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) Programme

Assessment and feedback are fundamental to the University's success but the changing nature of the University itself, and the environment in which it operates, means we need to adopt a progressive approach to our provision.

The Electronic Management of Assessment Programme has been created to deliver the University's long-term vision for online assessment while improving the underlying processes and supporting systems so that the University can achieve three core objectives:

  1. To enable a consistently good student assessment experience, not just in terms of delivering a more efficient process, but one that brings significant pedagogical benefits promoting effective student learning.
  2. To provide an improved and supported assessment experience for staff, with particular focus on the effective use of staff time.
  3. To reduce the administrative burden of assessment for the University, with a particular focus on the provision of technical solutions to ease staff workloads.

To meet these objectives we will be working on all areas of the end-to-end assessment process, from the creation of assessment tasks through to final release of marks.

Started in January 2017 and sponsored by Professor Gavin Brooks, the EMA programme is led by Dr Emma Mayhew, Academic Director, and Shelley Connor, who is consulting on programme management.

What the EMA programme means for you

EMA Programme Team members are currently working with students, academic and professional staff across the University to achieve these objectives but, broadly, the programme will mean improving our current approaches and enhancing our use of assessment data.

The programme will support our continued move towards:

  • online submission.
  • marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • underlying integration between our core systems (Blackboard and RISIS).
  • the creation of a student feedback dashboard.
  • further development in learning analytics.

Development in any one of these areas will bring significant benefits to academic and professional staff as well as students, particularly in enhanced student learning and the development of assessment literacy.

Who to contact

emma-mayhewDr Emma Mayhew

Academic Director, EMA Programme

Emma has worked within the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations as an Associate Professor for ten years. During this time she has undertaken a number of senior roles including School Director of Teaching and Learning, Department Director of Teaching and Learning and School Senior Tutor. Emma is a University Teaching Fellow, Senior Fellow of the HEA and has won both the Political Studies Association and British International Studies Association national awards for teaching excellence.

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