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Exam grading 2.0: the digital age breaches the ivory tower

Imagine a frictionless exam grading procedure, where TA’s and lecturers participating in the grading process can dynamically share grading issues and solutions that arise, where grades truly are awarded according to uniform and recorded standards, where no exam is lost, misplaced, or misassigned. Imagine a grading system where every student receives his grades on time, and knows exactly what he did wrong and where to focus his efforts in the future.

Such a grading system is far from fantasy – it is fully debugged and ready to be deployed right here, right now. Still, if you have ever graded tests in college, whether as a TA or as a lecturer, then you are probably finding difficult to fit this utopian vision with your experience of exam grading as a logistical nightmare.

There are literally hundreds of hardcopy booklets, which need to be physically transferred from the classroom, via the faculty secretariat to the offices of the graders. This is assuming the graders even have offices – many of the graders are TA’s who end up piling the exams in their labs or lugging them around campus and then back home with them. The TA’s, or the different lecturers may also want to consult with each other when grading dilemmas arise and then, you guessed it, they need to lug the physical hardcopies of the exams around from office to office and from lab to lab within the campus. And then, once the grading is complete, the lecturers and TA’s need to transport the graded exams back to the faculty secretariat, who must now organize them, identify them and match the grade to the student.

If this all sounds like an invitation for human error, mishaps, mismatches, lost exams and wrong grades, and even pilfered exams and other forms of academic skullduggery then you are absolutely correct! Worse, even if every step in this process works like clockwork there is still the problem that different graders often have very different grading methods or quirks, and that when these idiosyncrasies collide with those of the students, grading consistency can, and often does, go out the window.

One also needs to take into account the wear and tear on the graders, who are under pressure to complete their work as rapidly as possible so that anxious students will be able to appeal, make time to study and take repeat exams and so on. 

But what if the graders didn’t have to bother with paper hardcopies of the exams? If they could grade a pre-prepared electronic template of the exam? What if they could collaborate and compare notes on common issues cropping up in the student’s answers? What if each student could receive immediate notification of his grades and even review the graded paper online?

With Tomax, these aren’t hypothetical possibilities. It is a tested and perfected cloud-based platform and standard operating procedures which cut down on time, heartache and expenses involved in grading papers, while delivering a superior, more consistent product to the students. How is it done? Click here or call XXX to find out more…

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