Anonymous marking

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  • #23084

    Rose Heaney
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    As I took my leave of the webinar yesterday I quickly (and rather casually) tweeted a point made by another participant in relation to anonymous marking

    Anonymous marking is at odds with concepts of longitudinal feedback and developing dialogue with learners over time #octel;

    to which Tom Franklin responded with

    Really interesting observation, so how do people square the circle of anonymous marking and dialogic feedback? #octel

    as did other twitter followers in a similar vein.

    So now I feel obliged to pursue this a bit. A cursory look for literature has revealed little though I did find this 2002 article in an HEA archive.  At a basic level anonymous marking & feedback definitely seems to fly in the face of  dialogic feedback. However on further reflection and as a result of a perusal of the very rich resources on assessment & feedback from the JISC projects presented yesterday I feel a bit differently. So here’s my next tweet or almost tweet sized snippet:

    If anonymously marked assignments are the only form of feedback available then we do have a problem. However most students experience a much richer assessment diet – and if they don’t they should….

    Please discuss, as I am all too aware this is an over-simplification – but I need to get back to the day job.

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  • #23257

    Tom Franklin
    Participant

    Many thanks for taking the trouble to research the issue and follow up you original tweet, and point us at some of the literature. I really appreciate that, and found the GEES article helpful, with the start of somewhere to go. I will explore the other material more tomorrow.

  • #24309

    Janet Gordon
    Participant

    Yes, thanks, Rose, for the links. I’ll try to make time to take a look. So, if the formative feedback is dialogic along the way, anonymous marking for summative / contributory assignments might not be such a bad thing?

  • #24365

    Rose Heaney
    Moderator

    Hi Janet

    It’s possible but I wouldn’t like to say more than that 🙂 Staff often have no choice about anonymous marking so it’s a question of seeing how principles of good feedback can still be accommodated alongside or in spite of it.

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