As you might be able to tell, I’m quite excited about what is a new development for the History department – although I only get to benefit from it for a year! Basically, the procedure for assignment submission before this year was to submit one online copy and one physical copy.
While this doesn’t sound so bad, it often meant having to specifically go onto campus (perhaps on a day off), up to the seventh floor on the Paternoster (if you don’t know what it is, look here), to hand in a hard copy of an assignment. It also meant doing the same in order to pick up feedback on an assignment. Of course I’m being melodramatic, but I was envious of my friends on other courses who could sit at home and submit their work at the click of button, and I know others were too!
It was raised as an issue for change through the Course Representative system and discussed and student-staff meetings – and thankfully the department decided to listen to us! It’s really great to know that you’ve got a group of people that are willing to take on board your ideas and make things better for you.
So anyway, yesterday was the first day I was able to submit an assignment without physically having to hand it in. It actually made the submission process much less stressful as I wasn’t worrying about getting onto campus before the deadline and rushing around trying to fill out cover sheets or find a working stapler!
Online submission would have been helpful for me over the past two years as I’ve had to come home from Christmas/Easter breaks specifically to hand in paper copies of my work. So, if you’ve just started your History degree then be eternally grateful to the students who spoke up for this change!