Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde April 2019, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 5 Number: 1, Article 2
OPEN SOURCE WEB-BASED GRADING ASSISTANT PROGRAM: SAHOO EASYGRADE
We examine the application of an online auto-grading system, Sahoo EasyGrade (SEG). SEG is a free, open source grading software that can be used with a simple rubric to grade exams and homework assignments by instructors and teaching assistants. This grading tool was created to facilitate grading exams for a large computer science course where grading individual papers was time-consuming, especially when individual questions required regrades. A survey of the grading team showed that the software made grading more transparent, more fair, and saved time. The survey results were comparable to results of a more extensive survey of a widely used, paid auto-grading system. The present system provided a significant improvement compared to grading by hand, making regrades much more efficient and transparent to the students. This software is available at no cost and is recommended for other courses where grading by hand is time consuming and rapid feedback is desirable for students.