And now, outsourcing the grading of papers
Since we outsource just about everything else these days, it was only a matter of time that teachers would start outsourcing the grading of student papers, right?
The Chronicle of Higher Education has this story about how teachers at some colleges and universities -- including the University of Houston -- are doing just that.
Working through a company called EduMetry, which based in Herndon, Va., a suburb of Washington D.C., the teachers send out student papers to graders who are mostly in India, Singapore, and Malaysia.
The idea is that these graders, who are advertised as having advanced degrees, can give more detailed feedback and get the grading done faster than the teachers because the graders are hired to do just this.
Besides, professors often hand off grading chores to graduate students, so, it is said, this is just another step in the getting-someone-else-to-do-it chain. And, it is also said, this practice gives professors more time teaching and developing course materials.
Outsourcing grading isn’t a new concept. Inside Higher Ed had a story five years ago about a pilot program with outsourcing grading by the distance education arm of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, through a different company.
There's a little technicality that bothers me. How exactly are teachers supposed to properly evaluate student performance if they don’t actually spend time reading and grading their work?
Just asking. Tell me what I’m missing.
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| April 8, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
Categories: Grades, Higher Education | Tags: chronicle and grades, grades, outsourcing education, outsourcing grading, teachers
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