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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.

  1. Adding comments using MS Word
  2. Using Grademark
  3. Electronic feedback

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 marker.
  • 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 example.

Once the assignment has been completely marked, it can be sent back to the student via Moodle, so that they can view and download it.

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 (Internet Explorer/Firefox)

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 version.


  1. Grademark Tutor Manual - for grading and marking assignments online

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 employed.

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.