Project Description
This research project aims at improving students’ learning from formative assessment. In brief, this project investigates the following areas:
  • Onscreen marking of electronic copies of essay-type student assignments
  • Learning from markers’ feedback: tools and techniques to support the students in studying feedback provided by markers and in communicating with the markers
  • Repositories of student work: using techniques like self- and peer-assessment to learn from examples of student work
  • Support for high quality marking: facilitating the training, coordination and supervision of markers


  • Software Development
    MarkTool has been developed for the marking of electronic copies of student assignments. It can be used both by the lecturer/teacher to mark student assignments and by students to provide self- and peer-assessment. MarkTool works with assignments in PDF format and stores the marking annotations in XML files. These marking annotations also can be added into the assignment PDF documents by using MarkToolPDF.

    While MarkTool focuses on the marking of individual assignments WebCTConnect assists in managing the assignments for a whole class. WebCTConnect interacts with WebCT for uploading assignment marks and for returning marked assignments to students. WebCTConnect can be used in conjunction with MarkTool or independently.

    These applications can be downloaded from Download. For how to use these applications please visit Tutorial.

    Participants
    Research project leader: Dr Eva Heinrich
    Participating research students: Jun Zhang, Jia-Yi Lu, Alex Lawn, Yuanzhi (Diogenes) Wang

    Research Funding
    This project has received two grants (2004, 2002) from Massey University under the FIET (Funding for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching) scheme.

    Presentations
    Project overview

    Using Computers to Support Formative Assessment of Assignments, Presented at Ed-Media2005 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Norfolk, USA, June-July, 2005.

    Opportunities in Learning From Marked Student Work, Poster for Ed-Media2005 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Norfolk, USA, Jun 2005.

    Exploring the Use of the IMS Learning Design Specification for Facilitating Formative Assessment, Presented at ICET2005 International Conference on Education and Technology. Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July, 2005.

    Related Publications
    Using Computers to Support Formative Assessment of Assignments, Zhang, J., Heinrich, E. (2005):, Proceedings of Ed-Media2005 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. P. Kommers, G. Richards (Eds.), Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Norfolk, USA, pp4510 - 4515.

    A System Designed to Support Formative Assessment of Open-Ended Written Assignments, Zhang, J., Heinrich, E. (2005):, Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies 2005 (ICALT 2005). Kaohsiung, Taiwan, pp88-92.

    Electronic Repositories of Marked Student Work and their Contributions to Formative Evaluation, Heinrich, E. (2004):, Educational Technology & Society, 7 (3), 82-96.

    Onscreen Marking Support for Formative Assessment, Heinrich, E., Lawn, A. (2004):, Proceedings of Ed-Media2004 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. L. Cantoni, C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Norfolk, USA, pp1985 - 1992.

    Electronic Repositories of Marked Student Work, Heinrich, E. (2004):, Institute of Information Sciences and Technology Report Series, Massey University, ISSN 1176-2373, No 94.

    Online Marking of Essay-type Assignments, Heinrich, E., Wang, Yuanzhi (2003):, Proceedings of Ed-Media2003 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. D. Lasser, C. McNaught (Eds.), Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Norfolk, USA, pp768 - 772.


    This project is under constant development. Please contact us for feedback, suggestions and collaborations.