e-Marking & Feedback
The phrase 'electronic marking', as used here involves
providing students with electronic feedback on their
work, either through annotated versions of their work or
other non-traditional methods.
Outlined below are examples of options for electronically
marking students' work.
- Adding comments using
1. Adding comments using MS Word.
This method involves downloading a copy of the
student's original piece of work and using features within
Microsoft Word to add annotations.
Microsoft Word has many features which support annotation. Here
are a few methods.
- Use the Review > Comment feature to
highlight areas of text to be commented upon.
- Use the track changes feature within Word,
this will highlight changes made to the original text, by the
- Enter comments inline, in a different
colour and style to the original student's submission. Red or
green italicised text will stand out as tutor comments, for
Once the assignment has been completely marked, it can be sent
back to the student via Moodle, so that they can view and download
View an example of a marked
assignment [MS Word, 108 KB]
2. Using Grademark
Using the Grademark feature built into TurnitinUK, it is
possible to mark students' work online through your web browser
Grademark allows you to electronically annotate your students'
work using a range of built in tools, such as the add comments
feature, personalised comments library and quick mark feature. You
can even setup your own rubric for marking and allow students to
use it to peer review each others' work.
Grademark will handle the process of retaining the originally
submitted work and making a duplicate for the annotated
Tutor Manual - for grading and marking assignments
3. Electronic Feedback
The electronic marking process is clearly a part of the feedback
process as well, but there are other methods which can be
Some tutors have provided electronic feedback for students,
using dictaphones. They have a copy of the student's assignment to
hand, having made brief notes on what they intend to say. Using a
device such as an Edirol recorder (available to all staff), tutors
can record their comments straight to MP3 format and using Moodle,
make these files available to students.
The JISC funded SoundsGood
project, which YSJ were involved in through the Business
School, investigated the use of audio feedback for summative work.
If you are interested in this method of feedback, you can find out
more on their project website,
especially from the 'Downloads' section.