Onscreen marking: introduction strategy and examiner response

Many awarding organisations consider that significant benefits may derive from the introduction of technical systems and services to support assessment processes after an examination has been sat. The benefits claimed for e-marking systems include: enhanced process control; improved access to wider examiner expertise; enhanced communications and support across the examiner team; richer data on examiner, candidate, item, component and paper performance; reduced time to result; raised marking quality/consistency; reduced administrative error. However, without close matching of the technical system and the assessment process, and without careful introduction to engage appropriate stakeholders benefits remain theoretical.

This paper begins by describing the objectives of a project carried out by a leading UK awarding body and RM plc to introduce a comprehensive e-marking system suitable for varied response sources and operating from standardisation to awarding. It describes the approach adopted to solution design, to ensure it was assessment led, setting out the key features of the solution generated together with lessons learnt. It reports the approach taken to system introduction across a series of 8 examination sessions, ensuring both that a new system could be tested and trialled while also protecting key examination sessions. Finally it gives an overview of the results of research by the awarding body into examiner attitudes to the system following this approach.


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