Tools Report - Table 1


Table 1 - List of key stages and issues in assessment processes

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The stages of the assignment marking process


Supporting students with assignments

Submission of assignments

Preparation of marking


Keeping records

Releasing results and providing feedback

Using assignment experience for future teaching

Generic office software

Supports writing of assignment specification.
Can email students about assignment.

Supports writing of assignment documents in generic formats. Students can email assignments

Lecturer can email assignments to markers.

Feedback and marks can be added to assignments.

Lecturer can keep records using these tools but minimal support.

Lecturer can email marked assignments to students

Minimal support for this stage.

Learning management systems

Facilitates the delivery of assessment activities. Provides a common resource to explain goals and assessment rubrics. Integrates online discussions into course so students can discuss the assignment.

Manages the electronic submission of assignments.

Allows groups to be set-up. Have a user profile that equates to a ‘Marker’. Assignments can be assigned to markers.

Minimal support for document mark-up within the system.

Extensive support for result aggregation storage. Often able to perform statistical profiling. Can be integrated with other ICT systems.

Supports delivery of results generally through both email and web access.

Some provide rule-based profiling for effectiveness profiling. Rich source of information held in the system.

Specialised assessment tools

Not possible to give a generic description. Individual tools are designed to address either specific assessment issues or provide an end-to-end solution. See individual tool descriptions below. Typically, specialist tools provide more support for the marking tasks. They can also have good support for the assignment submission, preparation, return and record keeping processes.