Friday, 18 February 2011

Using the OMR Form Return for gathering feedback and assessment

As the Elevate Team start to roll out more staff development sessions we are adopting the UCS Corporate Development Session Evaluation Form. However, we'll be using the FormReturn Optical Mark Reader software to manage the process.

This OMR system is being piloted by a number of people. The primary person is Alison Wright, who uses it manage sets of interview tests. The great advantage of this system over alternatives, such as Wolsey, is you can deploy it where ever you need to, for a high stake exam (one which would be very difficult to repeat) the deployment model is very low risk. The results are available within 10 minutes of me scanning the completed answer sheets as an excel sheet. Alison's model includes negative marking, and the system works out the total score. This means Alison can see at a glance overall and individual performance. The spreadsheet also includes the actual responses. This means over a number of tests the discipline team can review the appropriateness of the questions.

We'll be using it slightly differently. We'll not be tracking people, we'll be more tracking responses. Interestingly, we include one open question which will need to be re-typed into the spreadsheet.

If you are interested in finding out more about if the OMR software we use is appropriate for your needs, please email the Elevate Team (

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