On campus and distance student attitudes towards paperless assessment and feedback

Barney Dalgarno, Anthony Chan, Peter Adams, Phil Roy, Daryl Miller

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It is generally accepted that the use of paperless submission and return of university assignments has potential advantages for reducing delays in each direction, especially forstudents studying part-time, online or at a distance. There are also potential advantages in terms of the quality of feedback and also potential cost savings through reduced printing either by the student or by the institution. A number of studies have explored the use of technologies to assist with the process of submission, marking or return of student assignments, but to date there is little information available about student attitudes to its use. This paper reports on a survey of students who participated in a large-scale trial of paperless submission, marking and return of assignments. The results suggest that students in general are strongly in favour of paperless approaches. Advantages identified included reductions in time delays, ability to retrieve feedback while away from home, improved legibility of feedback, reduced printing, and more convenient storage of past assignments. Disadvantages identified included the cost of printing returned assignments and problems with uploading over slow Internet connections. There was no significant difference between preference for paperless marking of students studying on campus and at a distance, with the majority of students in all study modes responding positively. Students were divided in their preference for receiving feedback via email (ie. using a push model), versus downloading their feedback themselves (ie. using a pull model), indicating that both alternatives should be made available.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICT
Subtitle of host publicationProviding choices for learners and learning
EditorsC. Cheers
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherCentre for Educational Development, Nanyang Technological University
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789810595784
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventASCILITE 2017: 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Duration: 04 Dec 201706 Dec 2017
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ConferenceASCILITE 2017
Abbreviated titleMe. Us. IT
CityToowoomba, Queensland
OtherYou are invited to make a submission to the 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference.
The ASCILITE conference is the leading annual conference for practitioners and researchers committed to best practice and excellence in the use of technologies for teaching and learning in the tertiary sector throughout Australasia. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice.
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