Tuesday, September 10, 2013

On-line Grading to Improve Education

David Meacheam
Greetings from the Australian National University in Canberra, where I am talking part in "Education Development StudioTeaching & Learning Day: Evolving practice and expectations". David Meacheam, from UNSW Canberra is talking on Turnitin's GradeMark. He argues an online grading system not only increases the teacher's efficiency, it improve the quality of marking and student satisfaction. My experience agrees with this. However, I suggest the same results could be achieved without any proprietary software, simply by training teaching staff in better assessment techniques. I took the USQ course "Assessment, Evaluation and Learning" (EDU5713).

Moodle includes a feature for using rubrics, but even without this a teacher can create their own manual rubric and set of standard comments.

David also mentioned also this approach allows the institution to show an accreditation body that assessment is linked to course outcomes.

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