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Electronic Management of Assessment programme gets go ahead

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The Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) programme at the University has secured a full agreement to go ahead.

The three-year programme aims to deliver on the University’s long term vision for online assessment - including online submission, grading and feedback. It has a budget of around £7.5 million.

Professor Gavin Brooks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) is leading the programme with Dr Emma Mayhew as the Academic Director and Nicola Tyson-Payne as Programme Manager.

Professor Brooks says it is a complex transformative programme with the potential to place Reading in a sector-leading position. “We will be working on all areas of the end-to-end assessment process, from programme and module inception to awarding degrees or progression. The programme is likely to touch most academic and professional staff, as well as students on taught courses.”

The EMA programme has three key objectives:

  1. Enabling a consistently good student assessment experience
  2. Providing an improved and supported assessment experience for staff
  3. Reducing the administrative burden of assessment for the University

To deliver a consistent staff and student experience, it will support the continued move towards online submission, marking and feedback of assessed work; the underlying integration between Blackboard and RISIS; the creation of a student feedback dashboard; and, support further developments in our approach towards learning analytics.

Professor Brooks says he is keen to draw on our internal expertise, which will involve offering secondments and investing in the growth of existing teams wherever possible. “We will be holding a launch event in Park House in March 2017 during which we will provide more detail about all aspects of the programme. We will also be sharing our plans on the Staff Portal and other communication channels”.

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