Not so smart marking

The Smart Marking System : ensuring university student assessment is fair, accurate, and consistent.

What is student assessment? Student assessment in UK Higher Education refers to the formal and informal methods and tools used to evaluate, measure, and document the academic progress of students. These can include assignments, practical work, presentations, participation, examinations and tests. Marks are calculated to award degrees and other qualifications and comply with relevant marking
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.NET 6

.Net 6 is coming soon: write once, run on any device!

“Write once, de-bug everywhere?” Responding to changing business needs has been a client and software challenge for many decades. But accelerating business change, digital transformation and software complexity makes solving this challenge an imperative. There have been attempts before, most notably with Java and Java virtual machines back in the ’90s. Unfortunately, that particular initiative
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C-BIA Consulting Ltd have been named as a Supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 Framework

London, UK 26 Jan 2021: C-BIA Consulting Ltd (CBIA) have been named as a Supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 Framework. Crown Commercial Service (CCS) supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. CBIA have been selected as a Supplier for Call-Off Contracts to
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Chatbots in Education

Why Chatbots are a Great Asset for Universities

Chatbots are an additional communication channel between an organisation and its customers. A chatbot will automatically and instantly respond without human intervention. The technology is based on AI, natural language processing, and text analysis and has slowly been improving over the last few years. This technology is a boon for universities around the world. It
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Anthony Dent – Consultant, Director & Umpire!

Anthony Dent is a Director of C-BIA and an IT professional with over of 30 years experience. He has a computer science background specialising in databases, formal development and project management. Consultant He now leads a double life, splitting his time evenly between two major roles. One as a testing and assurance specialist in the
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Saïd Business School & C-BIA in the time of COVID-19

Like many organisations during COVID-19, Saïd Business School (SBS) has had to cope with the pressures of changing working practices, increased workloads, budgetary pressures and remote-working. But unlike most, it now had its client base of students from 67 countries scattered around the globe. It faced a mammoth challenge in continuously and seamlessly connecting these
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Universities around the world are experimenting with Blockchain

Student Blockchains: helping Universities Become Digital and Improve Trust

Blockchain is known as the best tamper-proof technology in the world. There is no known way to fool it. This decentralized ledger system is being experimented with around the world in many sectors, including Education. For example, the Central New Mexico Community College provides new graduates with a diploma that is authenticated and recorded on
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Keep Calm and automate everything

Part 3: a Logic Apps case study

Has there ever been a better time to automate everything? This is the last of a three-part series of posts on Cloud-based integration in response to the ‘New Normal’ of IT. In the first post, we looked at the business case and benefits of using the latest technology to automate everything, cloud or on-premise. In
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Keep Calm and automate everything

Part 2: cloud-based tools to the rescue!

Has there ever been a better time to automate everything? This is the second of a three-part series of posts on Cloud-based integration in response to the ‘New Normal’ of IT. In the Part One, we looked at the business case and benefits of using the latest technology to automate everything, cloud or on-premise. Below
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Keep Calm and automate everything

Part 1: the remote-working business challenge

Has there ever been a better time to automate everything? This is the first of a three-part series on Cloud-based integration in response to the ‘New Normal’ of IT. In this post, we look at the business case and benefits of using the latest technology to automate everything, cloud-based or on-premise. In the second, we
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quality and price

21st Century University IT Outsourcing: Saving Money AND Improving user satisfaction

The impact of COVID-19 on UK Higher Education COVID-19 has increased student numbers, put pressure on income and accelerated online remote teaching across the Higher Education sector. (We looked at the major challenges and opportunities for IT departments posed by COVID-19 in this post so won’t repeat them here!) This has forced IT departments to
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