eMarking assistant: testimonials from user

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The following posts are extracted from the Testimonials, times, hints and how I use the software forum in the eMarking Assistant community.

Loving eMarking Assistant

by Diane Sykes - Tuesday, 22 November 2011, 12:52 PM

I am thrilled to recommend eMarking assistant.

Most of the time, it is the same problem over and over again with students. Usually, it is a lack of organization, poor grammar, or poor writing skills that need helpful comments and grading. These papers used to take me hours to grade. It is most challenging to give quality feedback to each student when most of my time is taken up with grading English and grammar. Furthermore, there was always the issue of being consistent in grading each student.

eMarking Assistant has helped me with all of these issues. My grading goes much faster and I feel that the students are provided with the tools to help them succeed if they use the links in the comments to research the specific problem that I am commenting on. I like the consistency of the grading as well. A real benefit is being able to add comments and tailor those to my classes.

At times, I realize that I could be using the tool more effectively. I know that it has a lot more bells and whistles that I could leverage. However, my current use of the product suits my needs. I also like the educational community that has grown around the product although I don't get to enjoy that as often as I would like either.

Finally, I would be remiss not to mention how helpful Peter Evans has been. He is committed to this product and making sure that it works for us. One time, I had accidentally hit the F9 key and that made all the comments come out in html. I had no clue what had happened. Peter responded quickly and it was easily fixed. Recently, I renewed my subscription and Peter didn't see that I had logged in. He contacted me just to be sure that I had received all the information I needed in order to use the product. Service like that is hard to come by these days.

Sincerely, Diane M. Sykes (dianemsykes@aol.com)

Improving the quality, quantity and (hopefully) timeliness of feedback

by Keith McGuinness - Saturday, 6 August 2011, 12:09 PM

One of the big advantages of e-marking, using a tool like eMarking Assistant, is that we can (if we make the effort) significantly improve the quality, quantity and (hopefully) timeliness of feedback. In this context, hyperlinks to resources, support and further information are a fantastic idea. I hadn't thought of doing this on an individual basis in feedback but it is now something I plan to make much greater use of.

eMarking Assistant greatly facilitates doing this.

Keith McGuinness

Recommending eMarking-Assistant

by Ed Drummond - Friday, 29 July 2011, 07:35 PM

I have been looking for something like eMarking-Assistant for years and now I have found it. With eMarking-Assistant I can grade papers in about 10% of the time I did before. Now I look forward to grading so I can collect and save my excellent comments into my own library of comments to be used over and over again. I have recommended eMarking-Assistant at faculty meetings so that each faculty member could eventually share individual comment libraries. What a huge resource that would be for each of us.

Peter is very customer oriented and follows up on suggestions and questions quickly. eMarking-Assistant is easy to install and very intuitive to use. eMarking-Assistant does what you expect it should do. I personally recommend this as a must have for instructors grading online documents or grading documents in electronic formats.

Great job Peter!

A useful tool

by Jack Yensen - Wednesday, 12 October 2011, 03:36 AM

... I take student essay assignments and insert my grading rubric at the bottom of the student assignment, then go to the top and start reviewing the assignment and use the eMarking Assistant to insert comments, including voice comments at parts of the body text that require it. Once I am done, I use the rubric to complete grading the assignment, save and then post the reviewed and graded paper for the student, either using a dropbox or through email. Using this approach I can review and grade 3-4 student assignments in the time that it used to take to review and grade one paper using Word tracking alone. Apart from saving me time, the student feedback on voice annotations is very positive.


A very useful tool

by Ian Wiseman - Tuesday, 2 August 2011, 11:10 AM

I find the eMarking-Assistant very useful as well.

Two aspects in particular I find very exciting. The first is the ability to store all my comments. As a result, this means they are taking on a whole new life. The comments included with the programme inspired this. Now, I am prepared to go into some detail with my own comments. They are evolving into short teaching episodes and I will be looking to include hyperlinks and other references into them in future. I simply couldn't do this if I had to rewrite them for all students.

I also love the rubrics. I have adapted them to suit the marking scheme in my A Level General Paper course. To simplify workflow, I put the rubric at the bottom of the student's paper and then split the document so I can view the rubric at the same time as I am reading the paper. That means I can refer to the criteria as I read. My students have told me they find the detailed feedback really useful.

Ian Wiseman (Brunei)

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