Considerations in automated marking

Fenwick, Joel (2015). Considerations in automated marking. In: Daryl D’Souza and Katrina Falkner, Computing Education 2015: Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2015). 17th Australasian Computing Computing Education Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (111-118). 27-30 January 2015.

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Author Fenwick, Joel
Title of paper Considerations in automated marking
Conference name 17th Australasian Computing Computing Education Conference
Conference location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 27-30 January 2015
Proceedings title Computing Education 2015: Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2015)
Series Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
Place of Publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Computer Society (ACS)
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781921770425
ISSN 1445-1336
Editor Daryl D’Souza
Katrina Falkner
Volume 160
Start page 111
End page 118
Total pages 8
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
With large classes and high demands on the time of teaching academics, (as well as the need to keep marking budgets under control) evaluating the functional correctness of programming assignments can be challenging. Entirely automating the evaluation process may seem desirable but that would deny students formative feedback from more experienced programmers. This in turn reduces their opportunity to correct errors in their practice.

Instead, this paper contains a discussion of marking processes where much of the “heavy lifting” or repetitive work is automated but still allows for human feedback. We discuss the impact of automated marking on assessment design, students, and where the hard work is hidden.

The literature contains descriptions of many projects for automating various parts of the process with varying interfaces and levels of integration with external systems. In the author’s opinion though, that they are not strictly required, and we describe a simpler set of requirements.
Keyword Programming assessment
Automated marking
Assessment design
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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