Have you heard some of these rumours that are floating around out there about two of Digitaled’s grading solutions, Möbius and Möbius Grading?
- Möbius Grading is an add-on to upgrade what Möbius can do
- Möbius Grading is for all your grading needs because Möbius doesn’t perform any grading (after all, “grading” isn’t in the name!)
- Möbius is just for homework and Möbius Grading is just for final exams
- Students can’t show their work in Möbius; that’s only possible with Möbius Grading
- Möbius and Möbius Grading make my job as an instructor or teaching assistant obsolete
While all of those statements sound believable, they’re actually ALL FALSE!
Let’s bust the myths above about Möbius and Möbius Grading so that you can make sure that you’re getting the most out of these two solutions when delivering your course!
MYTH: Möbius Grading is an add-on to upgrade what Möbius can do
While the naming of the two products is similar, Möbius and Möbius Grading are two separate solutions with two very specific uses!
Depending on the structure of your course, it might even make sense to use both solutions at different times!
One isn’t an add-on or an upgrade to the other; they serve two different purposes to support you with specific aspects of your course delivery.
|Overview:||For comprehensive STEM course delivery.||For the grading of paper-based assessments using digital tools that a grading team can use collaboratively.|
|Designed for:||Designed for online lesson and assessment delivery.||Designed for grading paper-based: bubble sheet multiple choice, in-person assessments, and remote assessments.|
|Can be used for:||Can be used for fully online courses, fully in-person courses, and any course configuration in between.||Can be used for any part of your course that involves in-person or remote paper-based assessments.|
MYTH: Möbius Grading is for all your grading needs because Möbius doesn’t perform any grading
Both Möbius and Möbius Grading have grading capabilities, but the solution you use depends on the type of assessment you’re grading.
|Automatically grades:||Automatically grades online assessments consisting of a range of sophisticated digital STEM-focused question types.||Automatically grades paper-based bubble sheet multiple choice assessments, and allows flexible manual grading of handwritten responses.|
|Assessment type:||For online assessments that can contain a combination of automatically-graded questions as well as questions that require manual grading that can have the manually-graded status tracked in real time.||For paper-based assessments that a grading team can work together to collaboratively and digitally grade.|
|Question types:||Automatically grades digital open-ended questions (i.e. questions with multiple correct answers) and algorithmic questions (i.e. questions with multiple versions).||Suited for grading any type of question that can be offered as a bubble sheet multiple choice question or any form of handwritten response.|
|Customization:||Allows grading logic to be customized so that automatic grading can be precisely configured to award specific grades—including partial grading.||Enables you to customize the grading comments and workflows used by your grading team.|
|Feedback:||Automatically delivers pre-built feedback to students that’s specific to the question version seen by the student.||Allows tailored, highly contextual digital feedback to be applied to paper-based submissions.|
MYTH: Möbius is just for homework and Möbius Grading is just for final exams
Both Möbius and Möbius Grading accommodate different types of assessments, with each solution offering both high-stakes and low-stakes options.
|Assessment stakes:||Used for high-stakes and low-stakes digital assessments.||Used for high-stakes and low-stakes paper-based assessments.|
|Assessment properties:||Offers over 50 customizable assignment properties for designing assessments ranging from a flashcard style study session to a locked-down proctored browser exam.||Offers a remote assessment where students upload their responses on their own time or an in-person assessment where students complete an assessment on-site and in real-time at a designated physical location and submit their responses to an invigilator at the end of the timed session.|
|Proctoring:||Integrates with proctoring solutions like ProctorU, Examity, Proctorio, and Honorlock to promote the integrity of high-stakes remote assessment environments.||Leverages the trusted method of live invigilated in-person exams for high-stakes assessments.|
MYTH: Students can’t show their work in Möbius; that’s only possible with Möbius Grading
Both Möbius and Möbius Grading make it possible for students to show their work, allowing you as an instructor or evaluator to gauge their comprehension.
|Written answers:||Offers an essay question type that gives students access to a text editor that supports LaTeX text entry.||Allows students to show their work by writing their response out by hand, and then the paper-based submission is digitally uploaded for review.|
|Essay flexibility:||This essay question type can even be combined with other question types that can be automatically graded.||Questions can be asked in any form since the accepted responses have the flexibility of being handwritten.|
|Ideal for:||Ideal for mathematical proofs, essays, and long answer responses.||Ideal for questions that rely on symbols and drawings to convey a response (such as processes, chemical structures, showing steps to solve a math problem, and other scenarios that involve visualizations).|
|Feedback tools:||Annotations, keywords, highlights, and word counts are available during grading.||Comment libraries, rubrics, symbol annotations, highlights, and grade stamps are available during grading.|
MYTH: Möbius and Möbius Grading make my job as an instructor or teaching assistant obsolete
While Möbius and Möbius Grading bring time-saving automation and digitized workflows to course delivery, these tools can never replace the value that real people bring to the world of teaching, like ensuring context in content delivery, tracking and nurturing student progress, and bringing real-world examples to the digital or in-person classroom.