An online assistant for remote, distributed critiquing of electronically submitted assessment

Baillie-de Byl, Penny (2004) An online assistant for remote, distributed critiquing of electronically submitted assessment. Educational Technology and Society, 7 (1). pp. 29-41. ISSN 1176-3647


This paper outlines the architecture for an online assessment management system implemented at the University of Southern Queensland. The system assists teams of academics in the management and marking of electronically submitted student assignments in large-scale classes. The system designed to provide a flexible yet structured method for providing feedback to students also offers semi-automatic file handling and grade recording. The system, Classmate, allows a team of markers to access and mark student assignments through a web interface designed to parallel paper-based marking systems. An online authoring tool replaces the red pen on paper analogy. A pilot study conducted on the use of Classmate has found the system to be of use in providing students with consistent feedback, allowing traditional assignment interactions and reducing trivial and repetitive assignment marking tasks.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2010 09:08
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2013 06:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance learning; electronic submission; large-scale class management; online assignment submission management
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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