Addressing efficiency and quality of marking in essay assessment with e-learning support
Eva Heinrich, Massey University
Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning Volume 10, Number 1, ISSN 1179-7665 e-ISSN 1179-7665 Publisher: Distance Education Association of New Zealand
The value of formative assessment using essays is clearly defined in the educational literature. Essays focus on the highest-level learning outcomes of analysing, evaluating, and creating. Formative assessment provides students with feedback to guide their learning. Current e-learning systems largely focus on summative assessment and give only very limited support for the management and marking of essay assignments. After outlining the educational theories on essay assignments, this article introduces two novel e-learning applications, WebCTConnect and MarkTool. Functional descriptions of these applications and their grounding in assessment theory are given. It is argued that e-learning tools can increase the efficiency in dealing with essay assignments and that the quality of essay assessment can be improved by incorporating scoring rubrics, offering class-wide analysis of feedback, and providing tools for the cooperation of marking teams.
Heinrich, E. (2006). Addressing efficiency and quality of marking in essay assessment with e-learning support. Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning, 10(1), 15-25. Distance Education Association of New Zealand.
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