Inline marking and feedback pilot a success
Following the introduction of online submission, marking and feedback, the Politics Subject Group has seen a significant increase in both assessment and feedback NSS scores and overall satisfaction scores.
In January 2014, the subject group introduced Crocodoc, inline grading software provided by Blackboard, as a way to improve and standardise the quality of the feedback experience for students and the marking experience for staff. Dr Andy Price, Head of Politics, told us that “Crocodoc has made it easier to access, mark and moderate scripts and has allowed good quality, targeted feedback for students through annotations”.
Andy went on to say “The success of the Politics online pilot is clear. 2015 NSS results show the scores for feedback and assessment have jumped from 67% to 88% and overall satisfaction scores for the subject group have increased from 79% to 96% in the same time period”. Andy puts this down to “close collaboration, team effort and good planning in the use of Crocodoc, a software that makes it much easier to produce meaningful, tailored feedback”.
Other significant increases in student satisfaction for the subject group include:
Students have also commented on the new online approach saying, “more extensive feedback such as annotations are really helpful because students can see exactly which parts of the assignment are strong and what needs a bit of work.”
A case study outlining how the subject group put Crocodoc into practice is available on the Assessment Journey Blog along with a range of other informative case studies.