In this blog, I’d like to share my three top tips for Assessment Specialists who are new to the marking system. In essence the key is proactively familiarising yourself with the system, and customising it with your preferences to improve speed and usability.
After teaching for over 30 years I was keen to try and maintain a link with my specialist subject area, Science, and decided to apply for an assessment task with OCR. Having previously only experienced hard copy “pen and paper” marking, I was a little apprehensive about how I would adapt to marking electronic papers.
I have been pleasantly surprised and with the support from RM Results and from my Team Leader, I found the process very straightforward and efficient. I really enjoy the on screen marking experience, and representing the interests of those who use the on screen marking system through my RM User Group membership.
I’d like to share my three top tips for on screen marking, drawn from my recent experiences, with those who haven’t used the system before.
Your marking will be checked along the way to ensure you are marking to the agreed standard, but you will receive continual guidance from your Team Leader, who is invaluable in supporting you through your assessment task. If in doubt, ask your Team Leader; they’re bound to have the answer or know someone who does.
Let us know your top tips for marking on screen. OCR Assessment Specialists can share their experiences in the Assessment Specialist Community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
Kathy Pearcey - Assessment Specialist
Kathy Pearcey is an Assessment Specialist for GCSE Combined Science and a member of the Cambridge Assessment RM User Group; a collaborative forum for Assessment Specialists and developers of the marking system, RM Results, to share ideas and expertise about the on screen marking system, RM Assessor.