Crowdmark is a collaborative online grading and analytics platform that makes grading quick and efficient.
Crowdmark’s paper to digital platform saves you time with all kinds of assessments: small assignments and large exams, distributed in-class or remotely.

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How does Crowdmark Work?

Crowdmark is an online system for the distribution, collection, grading and return of paper assignment and tests. The Crowdmark process is simple: first, compose an assessment and upload it onto Crowdmark. Then download the PDF template with unique QR codes and print the exams to distribute to students. Scan the completed exams, upload a class list matching the exams to the correct student and invite your TAs to join assessment and grade. Finally, send the exams back to students instantly and review the data visually in Crowdmark. This web application turns manual marking of paper assessments into efficient, digitized grading through bulk scanning and a clever identification data system. If you grade paper-based assessments, especially with a team of TAs, Crowdmark can save you significant amounts of time and increase your efficiency. It works best for paper-based tests and exams with short answers, drawing, and math questions. Find out more at Crowdmark or simply read on.


Create an exam and enroll students into the course.

Download and print exams with QR codes and distribute to students.

Scan and upload completed exams.

Return exams and grades to students instantly!

How can Crowdmark help me?

  • Save Time: Research has shown that Crowdmark cuts exam grading time by 75%. Save time by digitally returning assessments to students instantly with the click of a button.
  • Increase efficiency through collaborative grading on Crowdmark. Grade assessments with TAs online, saving time from manually circulating papers and scheduling meetings.
  • Designed with the user in mind: The Crowdmark tool was built by instructors, for instructors, with efficient solutions to their paper grading challenges in mind.
  • Improved student outcomes: Crowdmark provides data visualization for each question, allowing instructors to easily analyze gaps in learning and improve student learning outcomes.

Key Features

  • Digital grading. Grade anywhere, anytime on a mobile friendly app or on your laptop. Annotations, comments and points in Crowdmark allow rich, diverse and efficient feedback.
  • Two options for assessments for online or in-class assessments: Administered and Assigned. Administered assessments are downloaded and printed by the instructor while Assigned assessments are downloaded and printed by the student.
  • Invite markers with a click of a button. Assign assessments to TAs to more efficiently manage the grading workload. Crowdmark also allows you to easily review other graders work online.
  • Set due dates and customized percentage deductions for late assessments.


  • FREE for Faculty of Arts instructors.
  • Marked exams and assignments can be returned to students digitally, reducing delays and ensuring feedback and grading consistency.
  • Reduce error from lost or missing exams or pages. Crowdmark will re-organize any pages that are out of order and will match each page to the correct student.
  • Ensures integrity: Crowdmark saves images of each assessment page to ensure that assessments are not modified after being marked.
  • Monitor grading effectiveness and TA performance in evaluating student work.
  • Online marked papers can be archived and made available for student meetings.
  • Data visualization allows you to evaluate the learning gaps between questions and student responses and between course sections.
  • High speed scanners (500 pages per minute) can process 1000 10-page exams in 20-30 minutes, once uploaded through a scanning machine.
  • Crowdmark’s Assigned assessment workflow requires no scanning by the instructor involved. Students submit PDF or mobile phone photos of paper-based work.
  • Give your teaching team different roles, each with different capabilities: uploader, facilitator, grader and owner.
  • Arts ISIT staff can assist with scanning of the exams.
  • Crowdmark fully complies with FIPPA (BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act), as its database is hosted on Canada-based host Amazon Web Services (AWS).


  • Crowdmark is currently a stand-alone application, it is integrated with Connect but integration with Canvas is on the horizon.
  • Use of the platform requires some initial set up.


  • Autofill feature/ comments library: Reuse comments from multiple student assessments to save marking time.
  • Grade from your mobile device with the mobile Crowdmark Application.
  • Any scanning errors can be fixed within Crowdmark by entering the unique code printed on the exam.

If you wish to discuss Crowdmark further, contact Fred Cutler directly at Fred is Academic Chair of Arts ISIT and used Crowdmark for his final exam in POLI 380 this past year.


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