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post Apr 1 2011, 01:35 PM
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post Apr 5 2011, 12:22 PM
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At my uni we're getting a lot more students and the same number of teachers, so it's not quite such a severe position - the content of the courses is still going to be delivered in the ways that we want, the main crunch is going to be during grading times. This block I'm going to be grading around 700-800 pages of documentation over the course of about two weeks. There's no short cuts to doing this the right way - obviously every one needs to be treated equally and fairly whether it's the first, in the middle, or the last. I can only see this becoming more difficult next year. Like I say, it doesn't impact on the quality of the content being taught, but it does present challenges for assessment structures.

I can imagine it will be a lot harder in UK universities where they are losing staff - that's not just intensifying the workload, that's potentially doubling it for some workers, and it's unlikely there will be any additional financial reward for the staff who remain.

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