Using CrowdMark to improve marking efficiency
One of the big challenges with running a large class (n = 1000+) is the sheer volume of paper based assessment we have to deal with. This lovely pile is a year's worth of tests and exams from 1 course.
Traditionally, the way we marked was by splitting the students exam booklets into piles of 50 and then we would pass these around the markers. We tend to do strip marking where one marker/marking team would mark one question at a time, in order to facilitate consistency. The trouble with this is that it is a lot of hassle. You have scripts moving around. Sometimes a box will be discovered that has questions unmarked or a marker mixes up boxes and we end up with boxes with marked questions mixed up with unmarked questions and the potential for chaos is high.
Enter CrowdMark (www.crowdmark.com). CrowdMark describes itself as a collaborative online grading and analytics platform.
With CrowdMark students still sit their exams and fill out their answer booklets using pen and paper. The key difference is that you scan their answers and upload them to Crowdmark and then you can mark online.
This results in a much more efficient workflow as it eliminates all the physical handling. I've managed to cut my processing time almost in half. Getting results back to the students is a breeze as well as the marks are posted automatically to my LMS (We use Canvas - CrowdMark supports a wide range) and students get their annotated scripts emailed out to them.
Crowdmark tracks how long each marker spends marking and allows for easy moderation. It also provides analytics on how each question was answered and overall student performance.
Crowdmark works extremely well on a normal desktop PC. I find that marking on my iPad is better as it feels more natural unless I want to do a lot of typed comments. So far, the optimal experience has been using my Surface Book as it brings the best of both worlds.
I did a video for the University of Auckland's EdTech Hub which I've embedded below:
I've been using Crowdmark for about 3 years now and I will never go back to pen and paper. I've been introducing it to my colleagues and once they give it a go they never want to go back either. We've uploaded close to 25 000 student assessments to the system so far without any problems.
I love CrowdMark and you will too!