The Unbearable Heaviness of Marking. What are the challenges of marking coursework?. Give a numerical value as a quantification of student attainment Clarifying what constitutes attainment Ensuring consistency In a way that is publicly defensible Under time pressure. But why do we do it?.
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• helps faculty score students' work accurately, fairly, a reliably and quickly
• requires faculty to be much more precise about criteria for evaluating student work
• can lead to shared standards among faculty about what make a good essay or project
• gives students a better idea about the qualities their work should exhibit
• sets standards for .student achievement and make the standards explicit
• allows students to self-assess work prior to submission and to offer feedback to peers
• helps students understand the meaning of a grade;
• improves student performance, particularly among lower achieving students
• can lead to substantive conversations between faculty and students about the requirements for excellence within the field or discipline. Involving students in developing the rubric can be very beneficial
• developing rubrics tends to be hard, time-consuming work
• it is difficult to find just the right language to describe qualities of studentperformance that distinguish between mediocre and excellent work. If a student can achieve a high score on all the criteria and still not perform well at the task, you may have imprecise or inappropriate criteria
• it is difficult to find the right language to describe differences among studentperformance levels for each important criteria or quality. It should be more than just that poor work has less of something than good work.
• rubrics may require numerous revisions before they work "just right.“
Sometimes it is difficult to mark with rubric if the student work shows “incoherent attainment”. For instance very wise statements amid very absurd ones. In these cases both a high value descriptor and a low value one have elements of truth in them.
From: Blended learning in higher education
By D. Randy Garrison, Norman D. Vaughan
You will be given a minimal content prototype developed by another group. You will evaluate it by producing a five minute long slide show containing screen captures of the application and an audio commentary by yourself. You can also produce slides using text and graphics in order to illustrate concepts and to emphasize points. The slide show should be a sequence of audio and graphics and be runnable in
The slide show should be watchable in its entirety as a sequential presentation not requiring user interaction. However you should provide some navigational functionality.
Number of Words of Freetext Feedback Given – average 79
Q5 The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
Q6 Assessment arrangements and marking have been fair
Q7 Feedback on my work have been prompt.
Q8 I have received detailed comments on my work
Q9 Feedback on my work has helped me clarify things I did not understand