One of my colleagues - Prof Paddy Nixon - just e-mailed the department:
"To put me in the mood for a beer this evening (5pm in the Printworks -
prob' sitting at the back at the big tables) I marked 263 assessments
It took 15 minutes to mark them and email them out to the students.
The serious point to this is, after an investment of about 1 person year
of programming and content work I managed to get an automated systems to
run labs assessments for computer systems. I am sincerely astounded at
how well it worked and how much easier it has made the management of
At the moment I'm using the old-fashioned way of marking. Taking about 263 minutes per 15 assignments ;-) I must automate. I must automate. I must automate...!!