WrAssE (The Writing for Assignments e-Library) is a web application I have been working on for the past six months or so. It is a database of extracts taken from assignments collected by academics that have been stored for achieve.

WrAssE is an AJAX web application where students can interact with extracts of text taken from other student’s writing and there are academic comments associated with sections of highlighted text.

The comments are hidden from the student initially but as they explore the ‘comment symbols’ (found on the left), sections of the extract are highlighted in the same colour and if they click a ‘comment symbol’, then the comment is shown in the form of a ’sticky note’. I worked very hard on finding a solution for the user interface and decided not to flood the user with every single comment and the extract all at once.

I thought it would be a nice idea to have them read the extract first without seeing any comments so they could pass their own judgement, but also too let them see the comments whenever they like by clicking the ‘comment symbol’, this way they have the freedom to learn in the way that best suits them.

The web application is built primarily in ASP.NET/C# and will be mostly used within the University of Plymouth where its Learning Environment is Microsoft Sharepoint. Sharepoint is mostly used as a business tool but is built in the same language as my project so they will compliment each other nicely when it is installed for general use among staff and students.

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