Kai-Hong Tee (School of Business and Economics) has been using the STACK question type in Learn to generate mathematical questions. In the post below, Kai explains how it works and why it benefits students. Background I am currently teaching “Financial Management” which is offered as a core module for our second-year students studying for theRead more
There is accumulating evidence that on-line marking and feedback can be more effective and efficient than traditional paper-based methods. Thus using technology, to deliver feedback can have several benefits:
- It allows us to provide more feedback in less time through the use of repeated comments;
- It helps provide more detailed feedback through the use of in-text annotations and general comments;
- It can help develop a stronger link between marking criteria, feedback and the grade through the additional use of a rubric.
What is GradeMark?
GradeMark is an on-line marking system which is part of Turnitin (often used to check originality), and can be accessed via Learn.
The Learn interface to TurnItIn is changing next year. When the new edition of Learn is released on July 22nd, all TurnItIn assignments will need to be re-created for the new session. This is no different from previous years, although the software will look slightly different (see: Changes to Turnitin ). A six-slide PowerPoint presentation is availableRead more
TurnItIn have recently announced their Grade Anything initiative, which allows the system to accept files of any type for evaluation. Obviously the text-matching will only work with files containing text. However the GradeMark online marking tool is now applicable for a much wider variety of student coursework, as is demonstrated on their video clips . Don’tRead more
Rob Howe from Northampton University reports a problem with the TurnItIn iPad app which results in loss of data. The full description is in this blog posting Essentially, if the iPad user changes their iPad profile during a marking session, they will lose the data already marked, because the iPad thinks it belongs to somebodyRead more
The September TurnItIn UK User Group meeting was hosted by Leeds Uni this year. It followed the usual format of a position statement by the host, an overview of the development roadmap and case studies from users. There are big changes under way at TurnItIn, in response to a massive increase in the demand forRead more
You may have heard that there is a new iPad app for using TurnItIn – including the GradeMark paperless marking tool – available for free from the App Store. This may be of interest to tutors who already have an iPad, and already use GradeMark. It probably isn’t a ‘killer App’ that by itself makesRead more
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
This was at the Senate House, London on February 15th and was attended by 110 delegates representing over 90 different user institutions. There was a groundswell of disgruntlement over TII’s failures in 2012: at peak times, the service had failed completely on two occasions. Looking past the spin that was being put on the situation (“There wasRead more
Many institutions, including Loughborough, are looking at policies around online submission, marking and feedback. Some have already moved to a policy of 100% online submission. Following a recent exchange about this on the national Heads of E-learning Forum (HELF), a new Electronic Assessment Management SIG has been set up, membership of which is open to allRead more