Online marking using GradeMark

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Online marking is being used in many areas across the University, and in this presentation from the 2013 Westminster Learning Futures webinar series Martin Doherty of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities talks through how he is using it.

The presentation covers:

  • setting up your online submission in Blackboard
  • accessing your students’ work
  • originality reports and whether or not to let students see them
  • online marking
  • providing substantive feedback
  • sharing good practice
  • questions from the audience

Online marking generates mixed responses from lecturers and teaching staff, with many arguing that it is less flexible than being able to mark paper assignments.  However, it does offer a number of benefits.  For instance, feedback to students can be richer and more detailed, as comments can be dropped onto the assignment in the form of ‘call out boxes’, which expand when you hover your mouse over them.  This means feedback can be tailored specifically to what the student has written in the assignment.

It is also very easy for multiple members of staff to mark a piece of work, as there’s nothing physical to move around.  If you have access to the internet, you can access the assignments and get started with online marking.

GradeMark is a tool within the Turnitin plagiarism detection software used at the University of Westminster.  You can also undertake online marking in Blackboard’s Assignment function.  For more information about the online marking options available at Westminster, click here.

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