The scenario: A second year Accounting unit of over 800 students, 32 tutorial groups and 10 tutors. The assessment task: A research project (1500 words). The challenge: how to achieve reliable and efficient marking across such a large number of assignments and teaching staff?
As part of her plan to tackle this scenario, Nui Savanid invested time developing a solid rubric to mark the assignment, setting out clearly the criteria for marking and levels of achievement. Rubrics help students to understand expectations about an assignment, improve the quality of their work – and ultimately improve their grades. While a comprehensive rubric takes time to develop, the investment should save time in the long run as it clearly communicates expectations to students and provides a relatively quick marking tool. It also helps ensure consistency amongst markers.
Marking online with Grademark can be an efficient way to deliver all-round feedback including comments, grades and feedback student performance in relation to rubric criteria. With the help of the Learning and Teaching Centre’s faculty liaison team, Nui has also developed a series of workshops for her teaching staff in response to the challenges of her unit:
1. Guidelines for grading prepares tutors to interpret and grade student assessments reliably.
2. Assessment moderation and and grademark training
Thursday, 1 May, 10am – 12pm, E6A116
Nui shows how to apply a rubric to sample assignments to achieve consistency amongst markers. Tutors are shown how to use Grademark, including the application of Nui’s rubric. Tutors from departments in the Faculty of Business and Economics are encouraged to register.