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Digital assessment systems - aka online evaluation systems / on-screen marking – are on the rise. After all, universities need to manage the data of highly complex student populations as efficiently as possible – but in some cases...

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This is the time of year when undergraduate dissertation projects start to take shape, usually for third year undergraduates. Opinions differ on the amount of guidance an undergraduate should be given to help him or her through the...

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