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ERIC Number: EJ1026871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1547-9714
Healthcare Students' Perceptions of Electronic Feedback through GradeMark®
Watkins, Diane; Dummer, Paul; Hawthorne, Kamila; Cousins, Judy; Emmett, Catherine; Johnson, Mike
Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, v13 p27-47 2014
This paper reports on the findings from a study undertaken to explore students' perceptions of the timeliness, accessibility, consistency, and quality of feedback and grading received electronically. The system used was GradeMark®, an electronic tool available through the plagiarism software provider, Turnitin®. 296 students from the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine, and Dentistry at Cardiff University were included in the study. Data collection included an online survey and a focus group for each discipline. Findings revealed that the use of GradeMark® improved the timeliness and accessibility of feedback due to its immediate availability via any personal computer with internet access. The use of annotation was proven to be valuable; however consistency and quality of feedback were affected by markers' individual comments, issues which GradeMark® may not necessarily address. Findings provide insight into what quality feed-back could look like from the students' perspective, which can help improve academic practice. Overall the study outcomes suggest there are benefits to using innovative technology such as GradeMark® to enhance learning. The paper provides valuable lessons that could assist others in adopting a pragmatic and planned approach to the introduction of electronic feedback using a system such as GradeMark®.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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