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Strategies for Grading Students

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Assessment Strategies to Provide Feedback

Giving your students meaningful feedback in a timely manner, and on a regular basis, helps them learn what they have understood correctly about their work on assignments and what they can learn from any possible mistakes they might have made. It also helps connect them to the course and shows them that you are reading and taking note of their work.

 

Students who don't get feedback can lose interest in the course and spend less time on future work, so it's important to keep them on track by letting them know how they are doing as the semester goes on.

 

Feedback can also take the form of peer editing and constructive criticism. Likewise, you are encouraged to share your feedback with me at any time, so that I can make any changes necessary to make this website a more effective learning tool for you.

 

"Muddiest Point"

This is a quick assessment technique that translates well from the classroom to the online course. Ask your students to take a minute to write the most important thing they have learned in a lecture or module, and also the "muddiest point" -- i.e., the part they are having the most trouble grasping. (Hopefully they won't answer that it's the whole lesson.)

 

Ask them to respond privately (or through an anonymous survey tool) rather than via discussion board to encourage serious answers. It's easier to let the instructor know you "don't get it" without letting the rest of the class find out, too!

 

Asking this question early or halfway into a module can help you adjust your explanation of a point or clarify an issue. It can also help you ensure your students complete their assignments correctly before they turn them in for a grade, which will help their grade point averages and make the grading process easier to boot.

 

Seeing Red

Do you track changes on students' papers with red bubbles? Or, if you print out their work and scan it in with hand-marked comments, do you use the traditional red pen? In the past few years there has been some controversy over this color. Since red can cause higher levels of stress and anxiety, some instructors opt to grade with other colors, like purple.[1]

 

This will likely be less of an issue for online grading, but it is something to be aware of if you need to pick a color other than black for your comments. If your students seem to be disregarding files slathered in red markings, it might be helpful to pick another color.

 

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Footnotes

  1. Mink, Jenna. (2009, April 30). "Change in color could level of stress for EKU students." Retrieved from The Eastern Progress Online: http://media.www.easternprogress.com/media/storage/paper419/news/2006/11/30/News/Change.In.Color.Could.Level.Of.Stress.For.Eku.Students-2513438.shtml

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