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Introduction to Crowdmark

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2016 04:48PM EST

What is Crowdmark?

Crowdmark is an online collaborative grading and analytics platform that helps educators, working alone or in teams, to more effectively evaluate student work. The platform allows for easy distribution and collection of student work, offers tools for the assembly and management of grading teams, and provides an online workflow that streamlines grading and the delivery of rich feedback to students.

Workflow

Crowdmark currently offers two types of assessment workflows: the administered and assigned assessments. The administered assessment allows an instructor to create paper exams or assignments that are written by students and then scanned into Crowdmark for evaluation. The assigned assessment empowers an instructor to deliver homework or assignments to students electronically with a due date and also provides students with methods to upload their completed work for evaluation on Crowdmark.

Team management

Crowdmark assessments include three different user role types: facilitator, grader and uploader. The user types have different permissions and access to data and tools inside a Crowdmark assessment. The uploader has restricted access to parts of the assessment dashboard used for uploading and fixing scanned pages into Crowdmark. The grader has access to grading interfaces but has limited access to view student identity information. The facilitator has wide access, can invite others to join the team, can view student identity information, and can return the graded assessments to the students electronically. The creator of the assessment is facilitator who is also called the owner and has extra powers to delete, lock and unlock the assessment.

Grading

Grading on Crowdmark is intuitive and easy. Scanned images of student work are viewed by graders inside a web browser. The grader can make pen-like annotations on the pages using a mouse or a stylus, add comments including hyperlinks, embedded images, mathematical and chemical notations, and attach scores according to a grading scheme. The corpus of all the assessment pages can be navigated using the mouse or via keyboard shortcuts. After evaluation is complete, the graded assessments can be electronically returned to students with the click of a single button. Crowdmark provides tools for visualizing student performance and the data can be exported in a convenient format.

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