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Community Conference

JUNE 13, 2024

The Crowdmark Community Conference is an annual gathering of Crowdmark users interested in discussing innovative approaches to teaching and learning with a focus on assessment and grading for improved student performance. Learn from your peers and the wider Crowdmark community in this interactive event of user-presented sessions.

Call for proposals

The Crowdmark Community Conference is dedicated to furthering the conversation on authentic assessment, effective teaching, and successful learning. This one-day users conference will spotlight the most innovative and relevant practices in teaching and learning today.  

For our annual users conference, we invite you to submit a proposal to give a presentation, panel discussion, or workshop.

How are you using Crowdmark to further teaching and learning in your in-person, online, and/or hybrid environments?


The conference sessions will be based on the themes below:

Learn what evaluation methods through innovative AI technologies Crowdmark users are exploring in their classrooms.

Gain insight into how fellow instructors are using Crowdmark to elevate their grading and assessment processes in their classes. 

Learn about the principles, theories, and methodologies underlying the process of assessment in education. 

Modified Course Design to Create a More Personalized Learning Experience for Students
Lydia Chen, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University. This chemical education project focuses on the impact of Flex Point Deadline system (Flex) in a second-year chemistry lab course. For the purpose of course refinement and quality imporvement, we will share students’ perspectives on how Flex has impacted their learning experience and what their strategies and thought processes were in utilizing Flex. We will also share the challenges we experienced and explore potential improvements for future endeavours.
Getting it Right the Second Time: Efficient Management of Regrading Requests
Alan Ableson, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University. This presentation will cover our instructional team’s workflow for managing regrading requests in classes with 600-1000 students. We will work through a demo/workshop of the whole process, with Crowdmark at the hub, supplemented by other tools (online forms, spreadsheets and mail merge) to manage the collection of and feedback for requests.
Capturing Student Voice Through Semi-Automatic Qualitative Coding
Connor Gregor, Ph.D, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, McMaster University. Through the use of the Crowdmark API, we have extracted quantifiable text data that better captures the voices of students in a large first-year undergraduate math class. We do this at a fixed cost by having a gradient boosting machine model perform automatic qualitative coding on text data that has been transformed into vectorized NLP data.
Consistent Team Grading Strategies in Coordinated Courses
Jesse Cook, M.S, Faculty Teaching Instructor, School of Mathematical and Data Sciences, West Virginia University. Maintaining grading consistency can be a challenge with many students and a large instructional team. The presenter and his colleagues have implemented various strategies to ensure consistency within and across assignments in coordinated courses. Some strategies to be discussed in this session include training new graders, grader check-ins, and record keeping of grading duties.
Return to Paper Based Assessments: Best Practices and Processes from an Operations Perspective
Randy Dauphin, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects, University of Waterloo. At the University of Waterloo we print, prepare, scan, store and destroy more than 500,000 exams and assignments every term. We started using Crowdmark a decade ago and have continued to grow the printing and scanning operations each term and year. There are lessons to share that could help our entire community.
Thematic Analysis Using Crowdmark: Uncovering Interdisciplinary Connections to Enhance Student Learning
Evan Mitchell, Ph.D, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, McMaster University. This session will discuss findings from a recent research project aimed at using student feedback to create authentic connections between first-year Calculus and other introductory science courses. The main take-away is that there are many opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation and engaging in these opportunities can strengthen the student learning experience.
Our Product Roadmap
Michelle Caers, CEO of Crowdmark. Gain insight and contribute to Crowdmark's product roadmap. 
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Who is the Crowdmark Community Conference for?

This online conference is for users to discuss the benefits of Crowdmark and ways in which Crowdmark supports innovative pedagogical approaches. Sessions are user created and user presented. Learn with your colleagues about real-world innovations using Crowdmark. 


  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am  
    • Opening presentation
  • 10:00 am to 11:00 am 
    • Presentation
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm  
    • Presentation
  • 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Michelle Caers 
    • Our Product Roadmap
  • 1:30 pm to 2:30pm  
    • Presentation 
  • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm  
    • Presentation
  • 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm  
    • Last presentation
  • 4:30 to 5:00 pm
    • Closing remarks