Below you can explore our EMA Case Study library, featuring all of the EMA Case Studies conducted by colleagues at the university.
In addition to the Case Study Library, you can also explore other colleagues’ Experiences of EMA.
Reflecting on Change and the Management of Non-standard Submissions in Typography
Online submission, feedback and marking has been adopted within the Department of Typography over the last four years. This case study outlines the experience of change and the management of non-standard kinds of submission. It also considers the impact of these changes, in particular, how the shift to online assessment has triggered pedagogical debate and reflection.
Using Quickmarks and Rubrics in Assessment
Catherine Foley is a lecturer in Primary Maths Education in the Institute of Education. She is Director of the Primary School Direct programme which trains people to be teachers whilst they are working in schools.
Her experience of electronic marking relates primarily to a 20 credit postgraduate module which is part of this programme, developing the reflective practice and critical thinking of the trainees.
Changing the Assessment Experience of Professional Staff in SAPD
Emily Parsons is a Senior Programme Administrator within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD).
Online assessment has been adopted throughout the SAPD, impacting academic and non-academic colleagues. In this case study, Emily outlines the experiences of her Support Centre team working with SAPD as an Early Adopter School.
Improving Assessment Writing and Grading Skills Through the Use of a Rubric
Dr Bolanle Adebola
Dr Bolanle Adebola is a Lecturer in International Commercial Law, as well as Module Convenor and lecturer for the International Commercial Arbitration, Corporate Governance, and Corporate Finance modules, within the LLM programme.
Bolanle’s case study outlines a brief summary of work undertaken with students to engage them in understanding and engaging with the marking criteria, allowing them to improve their essay writing and allowing academic staff to facilitate grading and feedback by establishing a mutual understanding of what is expected.
Making full use of Grademark in Geography and Environmental Science
Professor Andrew Wade
Online submission, feedback and grading has been adopted by a range of colleagues throughout Geography and Environmental Science. In this case study Professor Andrew Wade outlines his experiences as part of an Early-Adopter School.
He explores the use of key marking tool features-Rubrics and QuickMarks-and how they have impacted on his marking experience.
E-Submission, Marking and Feedback
Pilar Gray Carlos
Pilar Gray-Carlos is a Lecturer and Institution Wide Language Programme Coordinator for the International Study and Language Institute at Reading.
This case study provides an insight into the use of electronic submission and the exploration of e-marking and e-feedback for language projects within the Institution Wide Language Programme (IWLP).
It provides a brief journey about the engagement in the adoption of electronic submission tools as a team whilst maintaining the identity of each language involved.
Electronic Feedback and Grading Methods
Dr Geoff Taggart
Dr Geoff Taggart is a lecturer in the Institute of Education and Programme Director for the Early Years Practice programme at Reading.
As part of his secondment to the EMA programme, Geoff decided to run a case study with students from the IoE to gather perspectives on electronic feedback and grading methods.
Pre-Sessional English Use of Grademark
On the pre-sessional English (PSE) course, in the summer of 2017, the course leader suggested that tutors chose between using e-feedback (Turnitin and Grademark), to mark students writing, or pen and paper. Rob chose to try e-feedback:
‘I was interested in improving the efficiency of my marking, and liked the idea of having a digital record of written feedback to students’.
Assessment Using Blackboard Learning Journals and Turnitin Feedback Tools
Dr Madeleine Davies
This Case Study outlines the use of Learning Journals and online marking tools on a Part 3 module in English Literature. The discussion considers the relationship between this assessment format and improved student engagement, and it reflects on the opportunities to ‘personalise’’ online marking tools to produce an enhanced marking experience.
Using Rubrics to Transform the Marking and Feedback Experience
Professor Will Hughes
Professor Will Hughes has extensively used rubric grids within Grademark across of all of his modules to significantly enhance student engagement with his feedback, student understanding of his marking criteria and student attainment in subsequent essays whilst making his own experience of marking more efficient.
Moving Towards E-Assessment
In September 2017, Svetlana Mazhurnaya, EAP Teaching Fellow with Testing Responsibilities joined the EMA Programme as an Academic Partner. Here is her case study.
Introducing Online Assessment in IFP Modules
Dr Dawn Clarke
In Spring 2015, online submission, grading and feedback was introduced by Dr Dawn Clarke in two modules within the International Foundation Programme (IFP). This proved to be a significant success for both students and markers.
Feedback via Grademark Audio-files in the Department of English Literature
Dr Cindy Becker
In September 2015, Dr Cindy Becker started to trial the use of the audio feedback function within GradeMark. This innovative approach did present some initial challenges, but overall it proved to be a great success for both Cindy and her students.
Using Quickmarks to Enhance Essay Feedback in the Department of English Literature
Dr Mary Morrissey
In 2015 Dr Mary Morrissey experimented with the ‘Quickmarks’ function newly available in Grademark.
By following links to the Department’s style guide in the Quickmarks, students could access more detailed feedback on their written work.
The ‘feedback loop’ (from essay advice to essay feedback) was therefore completed.
Implementing Department-wide E-Assessment in Real Estate and Planning
Dr Angelique Chettiparamb
In September 2015, Dr Angelique Chettiparamb launched a pilot online assessment project within the Department of Real Estate and Planning.
The Department was able to extensively survey both students and staff to explore impact and avenues for improvement.
Using Grademark to Write High Quality Feedback more Rapidly in the School of Law
Dr Annika Newnham
Since 2015 Dr Annika Newnham has gradually personalised the “Quickmarks” function within Turnitin Grademark to be both discipline specific and also assignment specific.
In addition, Dr Newnham has also developed a lengthy comments bank, which she can draw on and personalise to ensure that she can write high quality feedback more quickly, speeding up the entire marking process.