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What Universities Might Learn from Professional Associations in Marking Large Undergraduate Modules

Evans, C. and Gardener, John (2018) What Universities Might Learn from Professional Associations in Marking Large Undergraduate Modules. Quality Assurance in Education, 26 (3). pp. 343-348. ISSN 0968-4883

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The purpose of this viewpoint paper is to highlight to universities the approach of professional associations in marking large volumes of assessments.

The issues arising in marking large undergraduate modules in universities are discussed, before describing the approach typically adopted by professional associations. The benefit for universities of adopting such an approach is then examined.

The key to marking large volumes for professional associations lies in the initial standardisation meeting, on-going discussions between markers, and an ability to check and if necessary stop the marking process at several points in the marking cycle, until agreement and consistency between markers is achieved.

Research limitations/implications
This viewpoint paper is based on the experiences of the two authors in assessing for professional business management associations, and not empirical research

Practical implications
The approach described here to marking large volumes of undergraduate assessments offers a practical solution to the prevailing issues concerning consistency across teaching teams.

The application of the approach of professional associations to the issues surrounding marking large undergraduate modules offers a unique proposition for university staff to consider.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: education, assessment, Higher Education, professional associations
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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SWORD Depositor: Prof. Pub Router
Depositing User: John Gardener
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2018 09:25
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:23

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