The written assignment provides a number of challenges. Generally the criteria used to assess a written assignment is not easily defined as written assignments can sometimes be very subjective and open to interpretation.
The following tutorial will explain how Markers Assistant can be used to assess a written assignment and highlight the methods developed to over come the software limitations experienced when assessing electronic documents.
The tutorial can be found at C:\Program Files\Surreal Software\Markers Assistant v3.1\Tutorials\Word folder.
The files contained with in this folder are:
The folders contained with in the submissions folder are:
Each submission folder contains a Microsoft Word document titled ass1.doc.
Start Markers Assistant.
You could uncheck the Contents page item and take of the 2 allocated marks but perhaps the student deserves at least 1 mark for their efforts.
Select the Contents page on the marking guide with the RIGHT mouse button. The Edit Item dialog will be displayed.
Adjust the mark either by typing a value of 1 in the Mark Value field or select the down arrow to reduce the mark by 1. You cannot give fractions of a mark, only whole numbers.
At this point you might also want to provide a comment that explains what was required for this item For instance you may wish to explain what the Contents page is designed for, the type of information that should be included and suggest the best way to format the data. This comment should not be particular to the student being marked as all students that loose marks for this item will receive this comment. This is your opportunity to educate the students by providing examples of what was required or expected. You could also provide a good example of a Contents page which you could cut and paste from a student assignment while your are marking.
Also at this stage you may want to adjust the Item Description of the item as it appears on the marking guide.