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Nottingham Trent U Cuts Assessment Turnaround with Learning Platform

Nottingham Trent University has recently gone public with its attempts to improve its online assessment process with a private partner.

The university has been working with Desire2Learn (D2L) "for several years," according to a news release, and "has reduced its assessment turnaround times from 24 to 21 days on average, with support from the D2L platform's tools for submission, feedback and assignment management, while significantly increasing the volume of assessments and feedback in the system."

Since 2011, the number of assignments submitted online has more than doubled, the volume of online work submitted has more than tripled and the amount of online feedback from instructors has grown more than fivefold.

"Our students really value having ready access to the materials and activities in support of their learning and appreciate the ease of use of the D2L platform," said Neil Gorman, vice-chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, in a prepared statement. "It is good to see from this rapid growth that the online assessment process is also popular. Adopting online submission has improved assessment times by two to three days and has helped support Nottingham Trent University's priority objective of providing a first rate student academic experience."

The university is currently researching student habits and electronic learning and will release data throughout 2014.

More information about Nottingham Trent University is available at ntu.ac.uk.

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