Focus On… Assessment via OMR

Assessment via what? OMR stands for Optical Mark Recognition, a technology which is still widely used here at Loughborough for summative assessment – and yet many colleagues will know very little about the service. If you’d like to know more, we are running a ‘coffee and cake’ session on OMR as part of Focus On…Read more

Optical Mark Recognition service – usage in Semester 2

It’s the technology that wouldn’t be killed! Three or four years ago, you might have been forgiven for thinking that OMR as a means of delivering / marking assessments was on its way out. After all, surely it would all be done online soon? But in fact, year on year, use of OMR at LoughboroughRead more

Optical Mark Recognition service update

Some colleagues may not be aware that the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) service continues to be widely used here at Loughborough as a way of delivering exams. In Semester 1: • There were 55 OMR exams. 24 were combined question/answer format. • This represents a 19% increase compared to semester 1 2011-12 • The total numbersRead more

OMR – the Cinderella service

It’s easy to dismiss OMR (or Optical Mark Recognition) as technologically outdated – surely everything can be done online now? But don’t dismiss OMR as it can still be very useful. In the case of CAA (Computer Assisted Assessment), it’s a relatively easy, low-cost approach to automating the process of marking large numbers of examRead more


Here’s a quick stat to make academic colleagues think as they finish marking: Total questions marked automatically by Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) during Semester 2 exams: 296,963 If you could mark a question in 5 seconds (!) and could continuously mark for 6 hours a day, it would take 69 days. That’s almost 14 weeks ofRead more