Pathways for improving support for the electronic management and marking of assignments


  • Eva Heinrich Massey University
  • John Milne Massey University
  • Bruce Granshaw Victoria University of Wellington



This article investigates the support e-learning can provide for the management and marking of assignments. The work is contextualised in the importance of assessment with assignments in tertiary education, in the theories about high quality marking of assignments, and the practical experiences of academics at tertiary institutions. The tasks that need to be carried out as part of assignment management and marking are detailed. A set of requirements is derived based on the education literature and on practical needs established in interviews with academics. Possible architectures for an e-learning system implementing these requirements are suggested and arguments are provided towards using an architecture that combines existing learning management system functionality for assignments with a specialised assignment management and marking application. A specific implementation based on Moodleand Lightwork is introduced. The article concludes with thoughts on the cognitive fit of learning management systems for assignment marking tasks and their core roles in supporting teaching and learning.



Download data is not yet available.


Metrics Loading ...

Author Biographies

Eva Heinrich, Massey University

enior Lecturer in Computer Science
School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

John Milne, Massey University

eaching and Online Consultant
Wellington Centre for Teaching and Learning, Massey University

Bruce Granshaw, Victoria University of Wellington

Lecturer Technology Education
School of Educational Policy and Implementation
Victoria University of Wellington




How to Cite

Heinrich, E., Milne, J., & Granshaw, B. (2012). Pathways for improving support for the electronic management and marking of assignments. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(2).

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >>