Electronic marking is not used here in the sense of 'automated marking' or 'marking software'. Instead, it refers to tutors and lecturers marking students' work on line. This page describes ways in which assignment submitted in, for example, Microsoft (MS) Word, can be efficiently marked electronically.
Instead of making extensive corrections to spelling and grammar throughout, for example, a student's essay, provide corrections and/or suggestions for only one or two paragraphs. Let the students know you have adopted this strategy and you'll be looking for improvements based on your feedback in the next piece of work.
Be careful about changing the nature of the assessment task to cater for electronic marking. The use of different types of assessment that more readily suit the electronic marking environment is justifiable as long as they simultaneously support student learning needs.
You might like to consider requiring students to incorporate, where appropriate, an assessable Table of Contents and/or an Abstract into their text-based submissions. The Table of Contents requires students to use headings in their assignment. The headings are simply collated to form the Table of Contents. The Abstract requires students to present a snapshot of their argument. This is a useful skill to develop for the contemporary workplace and overall, it's just good pedagogy that will benefit both the students and the lecturers who mark their work. The Table of Contents and/or Abstract are awarded approximately 5-10% of the total marks according to how well they express what is covered as the assignment unfolds. The Table of Contents and/or Abstract have to be a concise and sophisticated account of the student's overall argument and highlight the main points that will be covered. Whilst the marker will have to strategically work through the paper, the Table of Contents and/or Abstract act as its anchor and reference point.
Student assignments are increasingly sent to markers as MS Word documents. Marking files in electronic format presents both challenges and opportunities for the marker. Here are some strategies for using MS Word for marking
Where do you want to go? Key commands To the beginning of the line Home To the end of the line End To the beginning of the document Ctrl+Home To the end of the document Ctrl+End
Note: if you are concerned about occupational health and safety issues with electronic marking, or any other work-related computer use, the University has procedures for addressing this issue.
A refshare database of references on electronic marking is being developed and is available to UniSA staff.
Some practical ways you can use MS Word for marking are provided here, with resources that have been contributed by staff: