As I got to the office today, a colleague was on her way out, and we had a brief chat about marking student work electronically. We commiserated about the multiple steps that accompany having students submit their work online.
My colleague has students submit papers as attachments via e-mail; I tried electronic submission using our campus’s iteration of Moodle this semester. Both methods impressed us as clunky, including far too many steps that were about downloading and organizing before one ever got to the point of actually marking the work, much less returning it to the students. We both seek something more seamless.
In the fall, students in one of my courses will be writing peer-reviewed episodes for the History Engine. I will be conferring with our Technology Liaison for Humanities to discuss the possibilities offered by GoogleDocs. I would dearly love to find a way to keep all of the review process online.