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Electronic Marking

Our thanks to everyone who sent us a comment on electronic marking via the website post, via email, or via branch meetings. These views were given in the meeting over electronic marking and uel have agreed to send out an update on the electronic marking process. A brief report is:

  • IT is looking at the infrastructure problem
  • Management have taken the comments about health and safety, increased marking time, monitor size, tablet use, software package limitations on board and will reply to us shortly
  • The electronic marking policy only applies to text only assessment under 5000 words
  • If you use text only assessment then you may use an electronic marking system that you wish to – you do not need to use UeL preferred system.

The Uel preferred system is via Turnitin and they did look at other systems before making this the preferred system. However very little planning seems to have happened at school level to give staff time to develop effective electronic marking strategies. Time has not been given to staff to implement or to undertake electronic marking. Very little analysis of the pilot study on electronic marking seems to have happened.  The policy does not seem to have even been effectively communicated to staff with schools deciding to push electronic marking onto all or the majority of assessments at certain levels. The policy is

  • The electronic marking policy only applies to text only assessment under 5000 words
  • If you use text only assessment then you may use an electronic marking system that you wish to – you do not need to use UeL preferred system.

We have made your concerns known. IT is aware of, and is looking at the infrastructure problem. Management have taken the comments about health and safety, increased marking time, monitor size, tablet use, software package limitations on board and will reply to us shortly. A number of large monitors (24″) will be made available to school to distribute as they see fit. However there are only 70 monitors, and if Uel follows normal ways of operation, then even these few monitors are unlikely to make their way to the staff with the highest electronic marking loading.

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