Students working at a desk in the library Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota Duluth

Students and instructors are using the Crowdmark platform to improve their learning and grading in all kinds of interesting ways.

Many students are eschewing paper, instead using Crowdmark to create digital portfolios of their work. Why waste paper writing up an assignment when you can work out your solutions on a whiteboard, take a photo with your phone and upload it to Crowdmark? Boom! – you have a digital record of your work.

In some disciplines like STEM and business, professors are grading student projects and presentations by creating an administered assessment with a marking rubric. The rubrics can be matched to a student or multiple students after being scanned and uploaded back into Crowdmark. Instructors use the grading interface to add comments and scores on their laptop during the student’s presentation and grades can be easily returned to students by email.

Some instructors are also holding short weekly quizzes in class or tutorial as a great way for students to get feedback quickly and catch on to their mistakes early in the term when the stakes are not as high. Links to the solution set or online resources, videos and images can be embedded using the comment field in Crowdmark’s grading interface.

Many instructors create an introductory assigned assessment—work students complete on their own like an essay or a lab report—as an opportunity to get to know their students better. It also allows students to practice the submission process. The assignment can count for very few marks or no marks at all, but it allows the instructor to ask questions about their students’ skill set coming into the course, goals for the term ahead, or even their favorite food!

Have an interesting way that you are using Crowdmark in your class? Share it with us at info@crowdmark.com and we will post your story on our blog!

About the Author: Fiona has over 15 years of experience teaching university mathematics courses and has been using Crowdmark for four years. Fiona is the founder of the annual Think About Math workshop to encourage young women to pursue mathematics. Fiona has her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Master’s degree in Mathematics specializing in Cryptography.