How does Gradescope benefit students, instructors, and TAs?

Below is an outline for benefits to students when using Gradescope.

Benefits to students

  • Transparency in points breakdown (partial credit) for the score a student receives on a question because the points assigned are linked to comments explaining what was done correctly or incorrectly
    • Students receive more feedback from TAs grading their assignments
    • Quality of feedback a student receives is superior to that they could get from hand-written comments by a TA
  • Electronic return of graded assignments to students permits rapid feedback used by students to gauge learning gains and progress towards mastery
  • Can be integrated into Blackboard to allow secure sign-in with UIC NetID and Password (regular credentials)

Benefits to Instructors and TAs

  • Rubric-based scoring system allows for more consistent and fair grading
    • Choice of using a positive (points added for correct answers) or negative (points taken away for wrong answers) rubric
      • Positive scoring rubrics reward students for their achievements and sets a positive tone in a classroom – one that is focused on what students are doing right, rather than what students are doing wrong 
      • This feature can help to create an inclusive classroom climate that supports the success of all students, a goal that aligns with the recommendations of the 2015 Hurtado & Sork Report 
  • Streamlines the grading process, achieving greater grading efficiencies in large-enrollment courses
    • TAs can replicate the same feedback to multiple students without having to re-write the same comments over and over again (a very time-intensive effort)
    • Changes to scores get propagated to all assignments, so TAs save time because they do not have to regrade questions
  • Electronic grading provides flexibility
    • TAs can grade assignments from anywhere (home, a café, their lab)
  • Academic integrity issues mediated with repository of electronic, scanned copies of every student’s exam or assignment
  • Tracks and reports analytics per-question, per rubric item, and per-assignment giving instructors and TAs significantly more feedback on student mastery of concepts and skill
    • Per-question statistics: Tag questions using categories such as learning outcomes or Bloom’s Taxonomy and then analyze student responses in the context of these categories
    • Rubric-level statistics: See which mistakes are made most often by students
    • Per-assignment statistics: Provides formative feedback that informs how to make mid-quarter revisions or adaptations to a course to improve student learning
  • Great online documentation with instructions (including video tutorials), suggestions and short-cuts

Benefits to the University

Aligns with campus strategic plan by providing a cost-effective approach to accommodate increasing undergraduate enrollments without compromising educational quality, innovation, and social impact

  • UIC will enhance the quality of education for our undergraduates despite having fewer graduate student TAs to support instruction
  • TAs will spend less time grading and more time facilitating student learning

Supports accreditation processes by documenting student learning

  • By tagging questions with student learning outcomes, departments may track achievement of those outcomes as is necessary for UIC to meet its accreditation requirements.
  • UIC faculty are required to incorporate student learning outcomes into their syllabi​​​​​​​
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