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Online Grading at Penn: On Track for April
February 27, 2007, Volume 53, No. 24

A new Online Grading System will be implemented this April, in time for grading of Spring 2007 courses. Over the past few months we have been hard at work putting the program through its paces. Representatives from all 12 schools, as well as staff from Student Registration and Financial Services and Information Systems and Computing, have subjected the system to rigorous user acceptance testing in order to ensure it performs according to specifications and provides an intuitive user-friendly interface. 

Beginning in April, we will no longer use the old OPSCAN bubble sheets for grading. Instead, instructors and other personnel who are authorized to submit course grades will now be able to do so online, from any computer with a web browser and broadband Internet access.

The new Online Grading System has been designed to be very flexible and easy to use.  The application will be secured via PennKey authentication and will be part of the Courses InTouch system on the U@Penn portal, which currently contains Class Lists and Course Problem Notices. 

Online Grading will streamline the undergraduate, graduate, and professional grading process, utilizing integrated alerts, workflow and status monitoring. Automated emails will inform instructors as courses become available for grading and will remind them of associated deadlines.  Once submitted, grades will be posted to SRS directly, and will immediately become accessible on student transcripts in Penn InTouch.

Grades will be entered using an online screen, or can alternatively be uploaded from an Excel spreadsheet, or imported from a Blackboard extract. The Grade Change process will also be enabled online, with automated routing of requested changes to division offices for review and approval, prior to posting any changes to SRS. School offices will be able to monitor the status of overall grading for their courses and will have the opportunity to facilitate the timely processing of grades for their students. 

Since the system is configurable to meet the specific needs of different schools, training and orientation will be handled locally at the school level. Representatives from each school will insure opportunities for instructors to become acquainted with the new system during the month of March, in time for the rollout on April 3, 2007. If you have any questions about the system please contact your school representative, listed below. We are very excited about the Online Grading System and are confident that it enables significant improvements to posting grades and managing the grading process for both faculty and students.

—Ron Sanders, University Registrar

School Representatives for the
Online Grading System Project

Annenberg School for Communication–Claire Herman; Joanne Murray

Graduate School of Education–Jessie Harper; Billie Meeks

Law School–Claire Wallace; Robin Harris

School of Arts and Sciences–Kirsten Chalfen; Kristin Davidson; Marco Manzo; Kent Peterman;  Kristine Rabberman; Christopher Pastore

School of Dental Medicine; Tamar Simpser; Caryn Stivelman

School of Design–Richard Dunn

School of Engineering and Applied Science–Cindi Buoni; Joseph Sun

School of Medicine–Judy Jackson; Judy Shea; Helene Weinberg; Lynette Kimmel

School of Nursing–Deborah Becker; Adam Sherr

School of Social Policy and Practice–Lina Hartocollis; Nancy Rodgers

School of Veterinary Medicine–Sarah Whealen; Jeffrey Wortman

Wharton School–Anjani Jain; Marcia Longworth; Melissa Thomas; Kendall Whitehouse;  Robin Woods

Almanac - February 27, 2007, Volume 53, No. 24