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ERIC Number: EJ847842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Managing Large Volumes of Assignments
Park, James; Hagen, John, Jr.
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v28 n2 p64-67 2005
In spring 2003, the Distance Education Network (DEN), Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), had 860 students and more than 1,000 enrollments in 70 courses toward 10 different degrees. Typically, for assignments in engineering courses, professors require students to show how their answers are derived so that they can review student analyses and progress and make notes accordingly. This results in complex formulas and drawings that cannot be written easily with desktop software. In a distance education setting, the obvious tool for this situation is the fax machine. Fax machines are widely accessible and provide a simple way for students to submit handwritten work. However, the inherent limitations of stand-alone fax machines became a problem DEN had to address. Many of the problems with stand-alone fax machines manifest themselves during unstaffed times, such as weekends: (1) Consumables run out; (2) Fax machine memory becomes full; (3) Fax receipts are automatically generated; and (4) Homework assignments can end up in disarray on the floor. In fall 2003, DEN implemented a homework processing system that included Reportee SmartForms and Biscom FAXCOM fax server software. The system, designed to cope with a growing volume of assignments, has lowered costs, reduced errors, and increased satisfaction of students and faculty. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California