Online Result Management System: Pros & Cons

January 20, 2021

Progress reports are important in every area of life from business to personal. It is a method used to access headway and monitor the yield of every effort, fund, and time invested in a particular endeavor.

Like business, education requires a progress report. It tracks a students’ academic growth over a period of time. Analysis and communicates them to the parents or guardians. This progress report is known as an academic report card.

Results recorded in these reports are marks from class exercises, tests, assignments and exams, behavioral issues, learning abilities or hindrances. These are specific reviews on each student given to parents to help them understand their wards. For academic reports, the pressure of examination performance has both negative and positive effects of students.

Positively, the system provides motivation for students to work hard and study in order to secure a good result while negatively, the motivation can become a pressure that can move students to cram texts, sneak in illegal copying materials during assignments, test or exams. Sometimes in more severe cases, students may resort to self-harm to combat stress and depression.

So, while this system may have been effective in the past, recent innovations offer an alternative method. A means to track a student’s personal academic journey in learning complete with step by step guides that focus on child personal effort and performance rather than a competitive result system. This means the student only has to compete with him or herself while learning at their own pace.

With online learning and result management systems, students have a companion that ensures students’ results are accurate and error-free. It allows for a 360-degree assessment of educational capabilities, discipline and work habits in real-time. It also motivates students to take responsibility for their own activities and education while giving them a better perspective towards learning.
This article lists the pros and cons of an online student result management system.

Pros
1. Results in Real Time:
Typically, a paper-based system requires a lot of time to organize and finally collate results. This can be both tasking and expensive, as well as time-consuming. In an online system, the results are calculated immediately by an automated system and added to students personal records.
These records are accessible to teachers, students and parents on demand, all within minutes.

2. Collating results are largely free of error.
Teachers like anyone else are human. They are subject to stress, pressure and sometimes boredom from organizing tests and exams, marking papers, collating results and converting them to grades. This means that sometimes errors might slip in.
In an online system, the results are collated calculated and recorded automatically all without common human errors.

3. It changes students view on academics
Because students have immediate access to results as well as an immediate evaluation of their performance. They understand where they need improvement and are encouraged to work harder and get better.
The online result management system creates an analysis of the strength and weaknesses of each child that is useful to teachers, parents as well as students.

4. Bias free method of assessment
Because the online result management system does not have human input, teachers personal preference cannot influence marking and grading processes. Thus allowing students to get an unbiased assessment of their efforts.  

CONS
1. System glitches can hurt.
Like every system, there are minor glitches that can be as a result of either a bug, server downtime or network issues.
Lack of data connection can also affect records as they go on the system leading to errors.

2. System cannot grade open contest questions
As students learn and grow, the teacher can test their capabilities using questions that require personal interpretation, long paragraphs and a bit of ingenuity.
These questions cannot be automatically graded by the system but require human input in the form of teachers manually assessing the response of each student individually. This is a major setback in the use of an online result management system.  

As schools advance and education spread across every area of the globe, the need to manage information for a large number of people increases exponentially. The online result management system provides a solution that regardless of a few setbacks gives schools an edge to providing quality education while maintaining a flawless and personalized data system. This is why Edves is a great choice for schools.

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