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Abstract

“I hate marking” reflects the feelings of many educators when faced with large piles of work to assess. This paper discusses the challenges and tensions in the assessment process, and considers ways of improving it, such as accommodating the learning styles of all stakeholders and incorporating technology. Two case studies are presented that include examples of how technology can be used in the assessment process to improve efficiency, streamline the administrative processes, and support the learning styles of students. The development of e-marking rubrics, podcasts and vodcasts are described as innovative ways to promote effective teaching and learning practices. Although these strategies are trialed in a tertiary setting, the methodology and technologies used can be adapted for any educational setting.

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