MIT Technology Review reports on a crowdsourcing tool built at University of California, Santa Cruz. Basically, you let the students submit their work and then collaboratively grade each other’s work. As an academic, the whole peer-review process is quite commonplace and proves to enrich participants from all aspects of the process. As an instructor, the reduced load of grading can free up time for professors and teaching assistants to focus on other aspects of learning– a very accessible application of information networks and retrieval. The paper reports that the system has been tested on programming projects from several college-level Computer Science courses. (http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.5273)
Time will tell of the interesting exploits such a system presents; regardless, it’s a move in the right direction.