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A rubric-based grading app for iPads

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Best of Computer in Education Division

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Computers in Education

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23.99.1 - 23.99.10

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Smitesh Bakrania Rowan University

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Dr. Smitesh Bakrania is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at Rowan University. He received his Ph.D. from University of Michigan in 2008 and his B.S. from Union College in 2003. His research interests include combustion synthesis of nanoparticles and their applications. He is also involved in developing educational apps for instructional and research purposes.

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Sean Banger

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A rubric-based grading app for iPadsWhile there are numerous classroom management and instructional apps available on the touch-based devices such as Apple’s iPad, there are limited alternatives that offer comprehensivegrading functionality. The few apps that do exist, lack the features necessary for effectivelygrading technical reports or are poorly designed to take advantage of the touch gestures. Thispaper describes the inception, development, and key design features of an iPad app, evaluA+,that facilitates rubric-based grading of both written and oral assignments. evaluA+ is specificallytargeted for grading essays, technical reports, and oral presentations by displaying the rubricalongside the student submissions. Apart from grading, the app allows creation of tailoredgrading rubrics, direct distribution of the rubric to the students, wireless synchronization ofassignment documents, and direct dissemination of evaluated material. Additionally, the app canfunction without an internet connection, providing instructors the ability to remotely gradeassignments. In essence, the app eliminates the need to rely on hard copies of documents forassessment purposes and affords true mobility for the instructors. The paper elaborates on thekey interface components that provide an integrated and a more natural alternative forevaluation, at the same time serving as an assignment management tool. As a result, the utility ofthe app is not limited to science and engineering fields. We also report user testimonials andfuture plans for development. Overall, evaluA+ presents itself as a next generation of educationaltools that will be indispensable for instructors seeking effective and efficient grading alternatives.

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