Electronic assignment management

Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) comprises a number of discrete elements:

  • e-submission of work, which can then enable:
  • originality checking
  • on- or off-screen marking
  • e-feedback (feedback produced and returned electronically through various methods)
  • e-archiving

These elements are not mutually dependent.

What’s new here?

To help you decide where work is submitted electronically, a list of supported University EMA systems, and file formats sizes they can handle, is available on this page. 

Revised Assessment Procedures for 2017/18. 

The Print2Mark service is no longer available.

Policy and procedures

See the Assessment Procedures page for details of the paperless submission requirement, managing submission to the wrong place and action in the event of an EMA system outage.  These have been revised for 2017/18.  For further information please contact Academic Administration.

Supported EMA Systems

Because it enables originality checking of word-processed work, as required by the Plagiarism Policy, as well as e-feedback, Turnitin is the University’s main EMA system.  Turnitin is accessed via Blackboard and accepts individual files of up to 40MB in most formats, of which most word-processed formats can be checked for originality including Word, PDF (recommended) and PowerPoint.  A full list of formats Turnitin supports for originality checking is available here.

Other supported systems include Blackboard’s own Assignment Manager - which is separate to Turnitin - and the Kaltura media service.    The Blackboard Assignment Manager accepts individual or multiple files of up to 250MB in most formats, although a maximum size of 100MB is recommended for practical reasons.  A full list of formats supported by the Blackboard Assignment Manager is available here

Kaltura can be used with the Blackboard Assignment manager for the submission of media files of up to 4GB in most media formats including mp4, mp3, m4a, wav, wmv and wma. A full list of formats supported by Kaltura can be found here.  For further guidance (including estimated times to upload video) please look at the following guide or speak to your learning technologist: http://bit.ly/1PgmZ2T 

To decide which system to use:

  • always use Turnitin where you have individual files per assessment of up to 40MB; enable originality checking for word-processed files
  • only use the Blackboard Assignment manager when you can’t use Turnitin, for example where you have multiple files per assessment and/or files larger than 40MB; combine with use of Kaltura for media files of up to 4GB

Turnitin, Blackboard and Kaltura are all centrally supported, core University systems. For staff development, training and advice, contact your Faculty Learning Technologist.  For technical support, contact the IT Service Desk.  The Help tab in Blackboard contains extensive guidance and advice on using these systems, including quick videos, top tips and links to further support

Please contact your Faculty learning technologist for advice before using any other EMA system.

Health and Safety

If you are providing e-feedback, particularly where reading work submitted electronically on-screen, please see the advice on using display screen equipment on the University's Health and Safety web site.

The Display Screen Equipment page withing the Support for Staff section includes a link to a Display Screen Equipment e-learning module, posture advice andguidance relating to the use of laptops, tablets and smart phones..

Frequently asked questions

See the Assessment Procedures page for details of the requirement for paperless submission.  These have been revised for 2017/18.  For further information please contact Academic Administration.

 

See the Assessment Procedures page for arrangements in the event of an EMA system outage.  These have been revised for 2017/18.  For further information please contact Academic Administration.

See the Assessment Procedures page for arrangements in the event of an EMA system outage.  These have been revised for 2017/18.  For further information please contact Academic Administration.


The centrally supported Print2Mark service was made available between 2014/15 and 2016/17 as a way of supporting Schools and programmes wanting to move to paperless submission of assignments to provide markers with an option of reviewing work on paper before returning feedback electronically. 

This service ended 2016/17.  You should no longer use the Print2Mark Blackboard to make requests for printing or to send work to Design and Production.  Please contact your Faculty Learning Technologist for further information.

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Last edited: 10/11/2017 13:29:00