Getting tutors on the same page

Publisher:
Engineers Australia
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE2011) - Developing Engineers for Social Justice: Community Involvement, Ethics & Sustainability, 2011, pp. 454 - 459
Issue Date:
2011-01
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In large engineering subjects, it is common to have multiple tutors where each tutor is responsible for grading the assessment tasks for students in their tutorial. An issue regularly faced by subject coordinators is how to achieve a consistent standard of marking and feedback quality amongst different tutors. To address this issue the authors initially used a number of methods including double blind marking to support consistent grading. However, with increasing demands on academics these time-consuming activities became an unrealistic option. This process was improved by using a software tool to compare both the marking and feedback provided by different tutors for a number of randomly selected project tasks. In this paper, we report using new software features developed as a result of this previous research to quickly establish and build a community of assessment practice amongst subject tutors. The reported process promotes inclusiveness by using a software tool to anonymously record and report tutor assessments allowing all opinions to be considered during a subsequent discussion activity. Even though this pilot exercise was undertaken by experienced tutors it significantly influenced their feedback skills and to a lesser extent their marking standards.
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