Transition to a paperless office takes the pressure off Deakin University students

Teaching students Emma Rowley, 23 (left), Georgina Hay, 22, and Narelle Lucas, 23, can now submit their assignments online after Deakin’s transition to a paperless office.  140801LP20 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Teaching students Emma Rowley, 23 (left), Georgina Hay, 22, and Narelle Lucas, 23, can now submit their assignments online after Deakin’s transition to a paperless office. 140801LP20 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

A PAPERLESS office still seems like an unobtainable goal but Deakin University has started the process of ridding its students of the endless stream of A4 sheets.

Arts and education students now have to submit their assignments entirely online, ridding them of the need to fill out forms and print off reports.

Final year education student Emma Rowley has witnessed the shift from paper to digital and said the new system is far easier to deal with.

“When I first started in 2011, it was more focused on paper assignments,” the 23-year-old said.

“But over time, there was more of a shift to Cloud Deakin (online learning) and a lot of the units required less and less paper assignments and now they don’t need them at all.”

Ms Rowley said assignments used to be deposited into a faculty collection box but online submission meant the need to make a last-minute dash before deadline was no longer necessary.

“That’s probably the best part — you can submit the assignments from home and you don’t have to double up with a paper report,” she said.

Only the arts and education faculty has moved across to online submissions with other faculties still combining paper and internet reporting methods.

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