Enhancing student learning experience through a novel electronic coursework assessment and feedback management system

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Abstract

Recent National Student Surveys revealed that many U.K. university students are dissatisfied with the timeliness and usefulness of the feedback received from their tutors. Ensuring timeliness in marking often results in a reduction in the quality of feedback. In Computer Science where learning relies on practising and learning from mistakes, feedback that pin-points errors and explains means of improvement is important to achieve a good student learning experience. Though suitable use of Information and Communication Technology should alleviate this problem, existing Virtual Learning Environments and e-Assessment applications such as Blackboard/WebCT, BOSS, MarkTool and GradeMark are inadequate to support a coursework assessment process that promotes timeliness and usefulness of feedback while maintaining consistency in marking involving multiple tutors.

We have developed a novel Internet application, called eCAF, for facilitating an efficient and transparent coursework assessment and feedback process. The eCAF system supports detailed marking scheme editing and enables tutors to use such schemes to pin-point errors in students' work so as to provide helpful feedback efficiently. Tutors can also highlight areas in a submitted work and associate helpful feedback that clearly links to the identified mistakes and the respective marking criteria. In light of the results obtained from a recent trial of eCAF, we discuss how the key features of eCAF may facilitate an effective and efficient coursework assessment and feedback process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for EE2012 - Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education
PublisherHigher Education Academy
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-907632-16-7
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2012
EventInternational conference on innovation, practice and research in Engineering Education - Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Sep 201220 Sep 2012

Conference

ConferenceInternational conference on innovation, practice and research in Engineering Education
Abbreviated titleEE 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCoventry
Period18/09/1220/09/12

Bibliographical note

Copyright © September 2012, authors as listed at the start of this paper. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No
Derivs 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

Keywords

  • eCAF
  • programming coursework assessment
  • feedback
  • e-Assessment
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • e-Assessment Tools

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    A quest for helpful feedback to programming coursework

    Wong, S. H. S. & Beaumont, A. J., 2012, Conference proceedings for EE2012: innovation, practice and research in engineering education. Higher Education Academy, 11 p. GP152/abs084

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  • Engineering education for the 21st century: scholarship, synergy and student success

    Andrews, J. & Clark, R., Dec 2012, Conference proceedings for EE2012: innovation, practice and research in engineering education. Higher Education Academy, 6 p. RDP196/abs071

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  • It's not just for boys

    Allen, V., 2012, Conference proceedings for EE2012: innovation, practice and research in engineering education. Higher Education Academy, 6 p. GP138/abs028

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