Plom: Paperless Open Marking

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We present Paperless Open Marking (Plom), a software system for giving tests on paper, but marking and returning them online. We (undergraduate students) worked on this software as a summer project.

Original story by LibrePlanet 2021 and the Free Software Foundation. Published 2021-03-22, Originally published 2021-03-21.
This work is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

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Plom was developed because existing grading software was usually proprietary, too expensive, did not allow for the complexity of multiversioned tests required for crowded exam rooms, and might not respect local privacy laws. Plom respects privacy of student data: all data stays on your server, and markers do not see student names or IDs while they are marking. Plom is GPLv3 licensed and is currently in use at the University of British Columbia. As an undergraduate student team, we made significant improvements to the functionality and correctness of Plom, and are excited to share our contributions with you.

"Presented with Dryden Wiebe & Vala Vakilian.

Victoria Schuster is a fourth year engineering physics student at the University of British Columbia. She's passionate about the applications of libre designs to medical and educational spheres, and recently took on the position of manufacturing lead at Open Source Medical Supplies British Columbia, helping design and manufacture solutions based on free software principles for COVID-19. In her spare time, she's a member of UBC's Varsity Rowing Team, and Student Alumni Council."

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