Learning Technologies - Open Mentor
Open Mentor is a learning support tool for tutors in further and higher education, which assists them through analysing and then providing reflective comments on their assessment and feedback of student assignments. We found that tutors use different types of questions in different ways, both to stimulate reflection, and to point out, in a supportive way, that there are problems with parts of an essay. These results showed that about half of Bales's interaction categories strongly correlated with grade of assessment in different ways, while others were rarely used in feedback to learners.
Open Mentor sets this framework on an open source foundation. It is implemented in Java and MySQL. Open Mentor reads and opens assignments written in Microsoft Word, to extract the tutor comments. The JCharts graphing component is then used to provide interactive views onto the tutors' comments, showing the difference between actual and ideal comment distributions.
Institute of Educational Technology, Open University.
JISC, Open University.
- Stuart Watt (PI)
- Colin Beagrie
- Ian Craw
- Jan Holt
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