During the last few years, a very large number of the University of Edinburgh courses have moved their assessment exercises from paper-based to online. However, mainstream VLEs and many other online tools are not designed to facilitate our double-blind marking workflow requirement for dissertation marking. For this reason, the School of Divinity had been exempted from introducing electronic marking of dissertations. However, the situation changed significantly in 2018 when the school was exposed to ATLAS as a potential solution which could support complex marking workflows. The main aim of the project was to meet the challenge of introducing the system level change around the UG dissertation marking whilst ensuring that this change neither jeopardised the quality and value of the assessment and feedback nor created more/unnecessary work for the admin team.
In short, our pilot established ATLAS as a suitable platform and a vehicle for the online double-blind marking of dissertations at the School of Divinity and this successful pilot has further paved the way for the PG dissertation marking to be carried out in ATLAS.
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