Online Marking of Essay-type Assignments

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Eva Heinrich, Yuanzhi Wang, Massey University, New Zealand

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, 2003 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-48-8


This paper discusses ideas around the online marking of essay-type student work. Arguments are provided why essay-type assignments are required and why current forms of online assessment are not sufficient to assess students Eknowledge and understanding. The paper then presents a requirement specification for an online marking tool, suggests a technical solution for such a tool and introduces a prototype application. The online marking approach is set into context of a university-wide project that deals with the administrative support structures required for handling the electronic submission of assignments on a large scale.


Heinrich, E. & Wang, Y. (2003). Online Marking of Essay-type Assignments. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2003 (pp. 768-772). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 8, 2015 from

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