Getting Started

Crowdmark is an online grading and analytics application. Crowdmark supports grading by managing online distribution of assessments and assignments to graders; facilitating online grading and feedback by individuals and teams; automating assessment and assignment return to students; and providing grading analytics.

Note: Crowdmark has been funded through April 2021.

Crowdmark itself provides detailed documentation for getting started.

To send a request for the LT Hub to set up Crowdmark in a course please see: https://lthub.ubc.ca/support/lt-hub/setup-requests/.

First-time users should note that:

  • Using Crowdmark introduces changes to current paper-related workflows, in which instructors add a code to assessments before printing and scan the assessments after completion. Instructors planning to use paper-based assessments will want to find out the capacities of their in-house printers and scanners ahead of time, and consider off-site options for one or both of these processes, if local tools won’t suffice.
  • For paper-based assessments, instructors may also want to consider involving teaching assistants in printing and scanning to expedite the processes. Additionally, counting and sorting completed assessments (by number) before scanning can help ensure a smoother process, providing a check on the final uploaded count and a faster way to reference hard copies, if needed.
  • Crowdmark includes specific shortcuts to help save time in marking. Instructors working with teaching assistants should plan to train them how to utilize these shortcuts to mark efficiently in the application. Instructors should also be extremely clear during TA training sessions about expectations around feedback left for students (how much, how often, what kind of content), as students may expect more detailed feedback using this digital medium.
  • Instructors with teaching assistants will also want to rely on more than the basic Crowdmark stats to see how TAs are doing with their marking (e.g., checking on the feedback individual TAs are leaving in the application), ensuring expectations set in the beginning are being met as marking progresses.

  • If you are in the Faculty of Applied Science, you should first contact the Centre for Instructional Support for any Crowdmark inquiries. You can contact us at learning@apsc.ubc.ca or drop into our office (CEME 1214) during normal business hours. Submitting requests to the email will automatically generate a help ticket in our system and helpful Learning Tech Rover will follow-up with you.
  • Outside of normal business hours and for more difficult issues you can contact the central campus Learning Technology Hub [lt.hub@ubc.ca or 604-827-4775]
  • To learn more about how to use Crowdmark on your own, you can check out the Crowdmark documentation.
  • For support specifically with scanning paper-based assessments, please see Crowdmark's tips on recommended scanner settings and general scanning guidance.