What is Crowdmark?
Crowdmark is an online collaborative grading and analytics platform that helps educators assess student work. The platform allows for easy distribution and collection of student assignments, offers tools for team grading with rubrics, and streamlines the process for providing rich feedback to students.
How does Crowdmark improve the assessment experience?
Crowdmark allows instructors to deliver assignments and exams to students online with a due date and time limit, if desired. Students complete the assessment digitally or scan their handwritten work (as an image or PDF) and upload their completed work using a computer or mobile phone for evaluation on Crowdmark.
Graders can make annotations on the pages, add comments including hyperlinks, embedded images, mathematical and chemical notations, and attach scores according to a grading scheme/rubric. After evaluation is complete, the graded assessments can be electronically returned to students with the click of a button. Crowdmark also provides tools for visualizing student performance and the data can be exported in a convenient format.
Crowdmark is now integrated with MSU’s instance of D2L Brightspace. This integration provides features such as roster synchronization, team synchronization, and the ability to export grades from Crowdmark into the D2L gradebook.
What limitations or alternatives should I consider?
The grading rubrics and comment library make grading more consistent and efficient, however, the assessments are primarily graded manually. For auto-graded questions, you may want to consider using the MSU Scoring Office tool, WebAssess™ Assessment Solutions, in Digital Desk or D2L Quizzes. Gradescope is another alternative similar to Crowdmark.
Where do I start if I want to use it?
See Accessing Crowdmark through D2L, navigate to the Crowdmark sign-in page and select Michigan State University.