Tools Report - Assessment Tools Summary

 
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Summary of tools

Table 2 provides an overview of selected tools and how well they are able to support different aspects of online interaction for lecturers, markers and students. Seven aspects of practice are considered. These are presented in the top row of the table. The tools are scored against these aspects as either fully supported (2); partially supported (1); or not supported (0). The tool names are in the left column.

  1. The purpose of the table is to direct the reader to tools that are likely to be appropriate and warrant a more detailed investigation of attributes and functionality. A decision on tool use will have to consider the specific assessment situation, the institutional environment and personal preferences.

 

The process of determining these ratings has involved a significant amount of subjectivity. This is particularly true for the general-purpose tools as there are an almost infinite number of ways of combining their features to meet a specific assessment need. The ratings therefore come with an attached caveat: it has not been possible to consider every possible use of a tool.

Do not let this table constrain your experimentation. Please view it as a guide based on the tool use the authors have been able to observe  and as a challenge to you to discover new ways for using these tools in support of your assignment practice.  

Table 2

Summary of how effectively the tools support the various stages of the assignment marking process

Key: 2 = Fully Supported   1 = Partially Supported   0 = Not Supported

 

The stages of the assignment marking process

Tool name

Supporting students with assignments

Submission of assignments

Preparation of marking

Marking

Keeping records

Releasing results and providing feedback

Using assignment experience for future teaching

Word (Microsoft)

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

PDF writer software (Adobe Acrobat Professional)

1

0

1

1

1

1

0

Excel (Microsoft) Spreadsheet

0

0

1

1

2

1

0

Email

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

Learning Management Systems

1

2

1

1

1

2

1

Electronic Feedback Software.

0

1

2

2

2

2

1

Assessment Management Tools (Questionmark Perception)

1

2

2

1

2

2

0

GradeMark

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Assesi

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

WebCTConnect
(note 1)

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Mark Tool

0

0

2

2

0

0

2

Creative Technology Markin

0

0

1

2

2

2

2

Markers Assistant

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Penmarked

0

0

2

2

2

1

1

Aropā
(peer assessment tool)

0

2

2

2

2

2

2

My Drop Box

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Note 1 – This score assumes that WebCTConnect is used with WebCT as it can’t be used separately