high pile of reportsThe number of online examinations organised in our Faculty is increasing year on year, as academics see the benefit of allowing students to type their exam answers directly into Blackboard under supervised exam conditions.  The exam scripts are more legible, and academics can save time and provide more consistent feedback by marking online too.  There is also the option of including automatically marked multiple choice questions as part of the exam. Steve Pettifer, Assistant Vice Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students, has recently experienced the benefits of online exam marking, as he explains below:

“Last Thursday and Friday I spent a few hours marking my part of the third year graphics exam [that] I ran online in Blackboard for the first time. I won’t go as far as to say that it was fun, but compared with doing the same thing on paper it was really smooth and easy: no paper to shuffle, no totting up of marks or transferring them to other bits of paper, and the ability to focus on one question at a time which I’m sure increased my consistency and reduced the mental effort considerably. I reckon it took me something like a half or a third of the time it would have taken to do the same job on paper.”

If you are interested in finding out more about online exams, please contact us by emailing elearning@manchester.ac.uk.

A graphic example of successful online marking
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