Using GradeMark For Effective Feedback

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Using GradeMark For Effective Feedback

  1. 1. A brief look at Turnitin’s digital markup system Karl Luke eLearning Technologist Cardiff University, School of Medicine [email_address] The images used in this presentation are royalty free and obtained via http:// www.sxc.hu /
  2. 2. <ul><li>machines can do the work, so that people have time to think </li></ul>Cited in Assessing quality of feedback in online marking Databases , McKenzie. S. 2004 http://tinyurl.com/cdp7pk
  3. 3. <ul><li>Aims of this presentation: </li></ul><ul><li>To explore the function of Tii’s GradeMark </li></ul><ul><li>To demonstrate how it works in practice </li></ul><ul><li>To highlight the potential benefits of the system </li></ul><ul><li>To highlight any potential problems/issues with the system </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a brief look at alternative solutions </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The importance of feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integral part of learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables reflection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be motivating and simulating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can help us : ie. programme improvement </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Automated? Loss of human touch? </li></ul><ul><li>Time consuming? </li></ul><ul><li>Technically difficult? </li></ul><ul><li>Constraints? </li></ul><ul><li>Student reaction? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Established as a plagiarism detection service, that </li></ul><ul><li>“ allows educators to check students' work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously updated databases. Every Originality Report provides instructors with the opportunity to teach their students proper citation methods as well as to safeguard their students' academic integrity”. ( http://tinyurl.com/d7fgwj ) </li></ul><ul><li>More recently Tii have been pushing the “ The WriteCycle Suite ” which includes tools for plagiarism detection, digital marking-up and peer reviewing. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>GradeMark offers features which allows the user to mark and grade any assignment via a web browser. </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment needs to be submitted through the Turnitin service, regardless of whether or not it is sent for plagiarism checking. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no need to download assignments as mark-up is carried out online and supports all popular internet browsers. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can read marked work on screen or print the feedback. Students also have the ability to save the original document upload, in its original format and as a PDF file. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Can GradeMark replace the traditional paper and pen based system of marking up and returning assignments? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Different types of comment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General comments (to the whole cohort) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard comments (to a proportion of the class) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal comments (to an individual) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Criterion comments (performance on each assessment criterion) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Features of GradeMark include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adding comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting up a bank of standard comments to improve feedback quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlighting areas of the text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting up grading rubrics to improve grading consistency </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Marking Process: Inside tii’s GradeMark Graded Assignment: This is also linked to the Grade Center Submission via Blackboard Inside a created tii assignment area Student
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>To create an assignment for use in the GradeMark simply create a tii assignment within Blackboard. </li></ul></ul>How to release the feedback? This is controlled by the post date (which can be altered at any time)
  13. 13. <ul><li>To enter the tii GradeMark area for an assignment, select the GradeMark icon inside the tii portfolio screen (accessible from the Control Panel inside your Blackboard area) </li></ul>The GradeMark icon
  14. 14. 1. Tools and help 2. Save and print 3. Type and highlight tools 4.Grade area: Linked to the Grade Centre 5. Turnitin report area 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 6. The assignment area
  15. 15. <ul><li>A brief video demo: http://tinyurl.com/c8l56z </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Improved consistency for marking and comments </li></ul><ul><li>Improved speed and transfer of data (no downloading, emailing across files, re-uploading etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Technical issues reduced. ie. problems with different versions of MS Word (esp. MS Office 2007) and track changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Easier for end user to view comments (standardised and logical) </li></ul><ul><li>No longer relies on an email system that has provided issues in the past. </li></ul><ul><li>Future developments, including peer to peer assessment tools, might be of interest. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Student Comments <ul><li>What more could be given to support you in using this system? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I can't suggest anything, it was easy. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ the format is easier to read, however the old method wasn’t difficult. ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ there was an improvement in the quality of comments and feedback ” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Student Comments <ul><li>As a feedback tool it was relatively simple to use and access comments from the marker. The document had changed slightly (portrait/landscape etc) but this didn't really matter, after all I was mostly interested in (a) Had I passed, and (b) How I could improve the next one. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>“ Would see great use for customised rubrics. I just need time to set one up ” </li></ul><ul><li>What benefits does the GradeMark offer you? </li></ul><ul><li>Robust storage of assignments, plagiarism checking </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a system you would be keen to use in the future? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think this system would save you time in the long run? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes. I especially like the clipboard </li></ul><ul><li>How easy was it to use this system? </li></ul><ul><li>Easy </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>The original document had a number of tables inserted that did not display in the correct alignment when in grademark. </li></ul><ul><li>Not sure how the students submission can be anonymised as per Uni regs and can two markers mark the paper without seeing each others comments? </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Since TurnitinUK is profile-driven, this means when a student submits a paper, it is automatically linked to their profile, and the tutor will therefore be aware of whose work he is viewing. This clearly is an issue for anonymous marking. </li></ul><ul><li>Following consultation with Turnitin UK Support and an increased demand for anonymous marking, iParadigms announced this feature in February 2009: http://tinyurl.com/cofg2y </li></ul><ul><li>Since this announcement our department will be looking at the GradeMark with more emphasis. </li></ul><ul><li>Issues remain over how 2 nd and 3 rd markers use this system to collaborate to mark an assignment. We currently email original work to these markers. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Request 2 nd and 3 rd marker access options (?) </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of process (BOS) – both markers and end users (students) </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination of findings and recommendations </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>… in terms of ease of use, speed and targeted comments, Grademark does represent an impressive electronic means for marking that eliminates repetition, organises the tasks and automatically enters marks. In Student Evaluation of Teaching surveys students have expressed a high degree of satisfaction with this method. Grademark may not represent the final word in electronic assessment but it is an impressive step forward and gives a real possibility of creating a paper ‘lite’ office . </li></ul><ul><li>Henderson, P. 2008. ELECTRONIC GRADING AND MARKING: A NOTE ON TURNITIN’S GRADEMARK FUNCTION. http://tinyurl.com/d2twxq </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>For System requirements see: </li></ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/c6g3yw </li></ul><ul><li>For more information and help please visit: </li></ul><ul><li>Turnitin Website: http:// www.turnitin.com </li></ul><ul><li>GradeMark Training Video: http://tinyurl.com/amgn7e </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>Using MS Word to mark digitally. For examples and tips see: http://tinyurl.com/dj6ae8 and http:// tinyurl.com/dzzbbv </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Feedback is an MS Office Marking Assistant that can generate and email MS Word processed reports to students, developed by Phil Denton (Liverpool John Moores University). It is freely downloadable from: http://tinyurl.com/36oem5 </li></ul><ul><li>Useful links, tutorials and papers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/cqqez6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/c2sqke </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denton P, Madden J, Roberts M, Rowe P. 2008. Students’ response to traditional and computer-assisted formative feedback: a comparative case study. Br J Educ Technol 39(3):486–500 http://tinyurl.com/c25m2r </li></ul></ul>

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