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Paperless Paper Grading

Asynchronous distributive grading system for STEM disciplines

At a Glance:

  • Anywhere/anytime grading

  • System can be used with exams, homework assignments, quizzes, etc.

  • Exams are returned to students electronically, allowing review and saving valuable class time

  • Scales to any size class

  • Reports available by individual student or by question, with granular statistics on performance

  • Generates reams of data for adaptive learning

"I had a very positive experience with Paperless Paper Grading. It made grading much easier, and I do not have to lug around stacks of blue books with me. Everything happens on my tablet, and the students can instantly look up their graded exams, with no need to arrange exam pick-ups after the class is over."       

-Yuri Gershtein, Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Typically, exam grading in the STEM disciplines follows a predictable—and logistics-intensive—pattern: completed student exams are assigned to a small army of graders, each of whom assesses one section of the exam before passing it along, assembly-line style, to the next grader. And so on. The process requires that all graders be in one place at one time, which creates scheduling nightmares and, often, last-minute crises as qualified reviewers aren’t available at the specified time or location. And with some Rutgers classes having upwards of 1400 students, the mechanics of grading—and finding a room big enough to handle that many graders—can become overwhelming. 

CIRC’s paperless paper grading system turns this synchronous, location-specific chore into an asynchronous work-from-anywhere system. The process starts with assigning a unique barcode to every page of each student’s exam. Then, completed exams are scanned into pdf form at any standard university copy machine. The system distributes these pages to the appropriate grader, who marks up the exam using a stylus and a standard tablet. When done, the grader submits the annotated page online and moves on to the next exam. When all graders are finished, the system automatically reassembles each student’s exam and compiles their final scores, and it also generates in-depth statistics and a marked up version of the exam that can be returned to students for their review.