We've had something along these lines on the wish/dream list for a while now, but as the UK regulatory wheel grinds ever onward, it's been moved somewhat up the list by this little gem in our HESES government report requirements going forward:
Sufficient data should be recorded at the module level on the main student record system to allow accurate assessment of a student’s completion status. This should include, but not necessarily be limited to, identifying the final assessment and the student’s submission to it (this is whether specifically the last assessment for the module was completed) , and the overall outcome for the module. Coding should distinguish between non-submission to an assessment and a very low mark for poor academic performance or misconduct (we have triggers now for malpractice, but not a difference between 0 for poor performance and 0 for non-submission). This level of detail should be readily available to ensure accurate reporting of a student’s completion status.
Essentially, we need to (at a minimum) be able to record and report individual component assessment marks in GNECsis. So, if Class CT4000 has a Book Report worth 10%, an Exam worth 30%, and an Essay worth 60%, we would need to be able to record the marks the students achieved for each of these, which we consider the 'final' assessment, and have a way of noting for a failing grade whether it was for poor performance, or non-submission. Of course, we'd still need a place to calculate the final grade for the transcript!
In an ideal world, I think a Gradebook for UK schools would include the following:
- A way to setup each class to indicate how many asssesments and the weightings for each.
- A space to record each raw component mark (what the lecturer marked it as).
- A space to record each adjusted component mark (the final mark for each assignment after late penalties, etc).
- A space to note how many days late the assignment was.
- A final calculated grade.
- A space for additional coding - e.g. R (for referred), C (for compensated), etc.
- A space for exam grid coding
- A general open notes field
Now, something along these lines would allow for opening up discussion of automated integration with MOODLE, which would be a huge win, since it would cut down probably the largest manual-entry job we have going. So, that's another positive, though I recognise it also creates new challenges!
I'd be happy to chat over some ideas - we could do with getting the ball rolling fairly soon, as reporting this information out of manual spreadsheets is going to be a real pain!
Thanks for your input!