Online submission of coursework significantly enhances the student experience, allows work to undergo automatic plagiarism analysis, and facilitates the distribution of submissions to departments and examiners.
These are the preliminary findings of an online submission pilot being run by Student Administration (in conjunction with the WebLearn team) during Hilary and Trinity Terms 2010. The pilot involved students on three taught Masters programmes submitting some coursework electronically to WebLearn rather than delivering hard copy to a desk in the Exams School building.
Students have been very positive about the process which has enabled them to submit at all times of day and from locations all around the world; departmental administrators have also welcomed this approach to submission.
A number of technical and administrative developments have been identified which will enable wider adoption of online submission by interested departments and faculties. Further information should be available in Michaelmas Term 2010.
[Thanks to Deb Sanders for the above text.]