Open call for teachers to Beta-test Collaborative Essay Marking Software

VANCOUVER, Nov. 24 /CNW/ - Teachers find themselves making the same comments on different essays all the time. Until now there has been no way to avoid this repetition. However, at Acovan Inc we have been hard at work trying to solve this problem for nearly two years now. Our solution is COMARKER(TM) ( ) , a web-based tool for evaluating essays. The application remembers all the comments you make on student essays and returns them to you efficiently and automatically on demand, so with COMARKER(TM) you will give great feedback and save time.

Autocomplete is a great step forward already, but just the beginning for COMARKER(TM). COMARKER(TM) also returns relevant results from other markers, making COMARKER(TM) the first mass collaboration among evaluators of text.

All the research shows that formative assessment improves learning outcomes, so we built COMARKER(TM) with those principles in mind. COMARKER(TM) handles multiple drafts of each document, giving students a chance to revise and edit their work before the marker evaluates it using our simple, interactive rubric. Students learn throughout assignments rather than just at the end when they receive their grade. You don't have to mark multiple drafts, but COMARKER(TM) makes it easy if you do.

We built COMARKER(TM) for ourselves, but along the way we realized that we could all benefit from synergy in a wider collaboration. We have been testing COMARKER(TM) in our own private tutorial academy for one year now, making big improvements along the way.

What we need now are critical users to test the program and show us how we can improve it. Our mission is to make learning richer for students and marking easier for teachers. We need 150 educators for a two-semester trial of the program. We will set your class up in the system, and as the trial progresses, we will ask you now and then for feedback (surveys, polls, etc.). Will you help us end the pain of marking for teachers everywhere? For additional information please visit our site, watch the videos, read the FAQ, then fill in the contact form to get started.


For further information: For further information: Michael C. Kaisaris, (604) 724-0894

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