From piloting e-submission to electronic management of assessment (EMA): Mapping grading journeys

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Abstract

The increasing interest in electronic management of assessment is a sign of a gradual institutionalisation of e-submission and e-marking technologies in UK Higher Education. The effective adoption of these technologies requires a managed approach, especially a detailed understanding of current assessment practices within the institution and the development of new or adapted business processes. The findings from close participant observation of assessment processes over a 2-year period across a large Faculty reveal that three independent variables around (1) initial marking, (2) internal quality assurance and (3) the timing of the return of e-feedback to students, determine variance in grading journeys. Despite the apparent wide variety of processes, five major
grading journeys prevail: three varieties of moderation (moderation of multiple markers and moderation of single markers either before or after grades and feedback are released to students); and two forms of second marking (either blind or open to peers). Within an institution, the identification of major workflows is fundamental to both an effective implementation of assessment technologies and in conducting change. The identification of major workflows across UK Higher Education Institutions remains critical to attain the necessary software development from global vendors.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
Early online date22 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017