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1. I wrote a thread a while back on Why #Marking Is So Shit in which I argued that the conditions under which we mark (e.g. time pressure) make it almost impossible to do a good job
2.These pressures are due to the marketization of HE which values measurable outcomes (e.g. turn-around times) over more intangible outcomes like encouraging studentsโ€™ learning.
3. Now, with everyone worried about #GradeInflation and #EssayMills I feel itโ€™s time for another thread on why marking, or at least the way we mark in the UK feels so destructive
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Why is #marking so shit? A thread

Twice a year everyone teaching in higher education seems to disappear into what I like to call the Marking Abyss. For a few weeks everyone is in crisis mode. Stressed, moody, morose, everyone feels like they're drowning.
We often have to mark hundreds of exam scripts and essays in an almost impossible short time. Just on a physical level this is exhausting. Reading essays on a computer screen for 9 hours reaps havoc on your eyes and your back. It always leaves me with a constant head ache.
Marking is alienating in the marxist sense of the word. Reading 120 (often very similar) essays leaves you feeling divorced from what you're doing, unable to really engage with student's work. Every year it also turns people against one another.
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