Tools Report - MS Excel

 
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Microsoft Excel

  • Spreadsheet
  • Formula and calculation tool. Similar features are available in other brands of spreadsheets.

Features

Allows for recording and tracking of assignment details, class lists and other assignment information.

Advantages

It can be customised to link to other systems allowing automation of some tasks. As with Word and PDF software, generic comments can be ‘banked’ and pasted as required. Also individual student sheets can be produced summarising scores linked to rubrics, overall comments and marks. Good suopprt for emailing of feedback and marking detail (mail merge). Supports numerically focussed assignments. Excel provides comprehensive sorting and filtering tools.

Disadvantages

Natural tabular format generally needs re-structuring to meet specific needs. Not a strong candidate for the preparation and submission of essay type assessments.

Availability

Commercial sofware suppliers. Software licence required although many organisations will already have licences.