This newsletter contains information that will (hopefully) help you grade more efficiently.
A best practice for online instructors within GaVS is to integrate into the feedback direct references to the learning objectives, as well as offer further resources for a deeper examination of the content.
- The TOP Scoop (https://sway.com/A1dgb2HDYNVU230A?ref=Link) had some excellent How to videos on grading discussions. Refer to these if you need help figuring out HOW to do your grading
- The more you grade, the better and more efficient you will become.
Tips and Tricks
- Save your feedback SOMEWHERE. I use Evernote, but you could use a word doc, excel spreadsheet or OneNote. You will need your feedback multiple times this semester and if you ever teach the course again. I also save any comments I make, because, chances are, I'll need that comment again. Here's the EverNote page for the first FRQ in my course (I have a picture of the College Board feedback, some HTML that I like to post for the students, the breakdown of the points, and comments I've left students): https://www.evernote.com/l/AEL0Edi-APFF2LlR0Fc_5QvYhNwq6nOVGaQ
- Someone once told me to save all of your discussion replies (I keep them in the same Evernote page as the feedback for that discussion). They mentioned that Discussions are 5% of the grade, so they should take about 5% of your time. You do not have to create a new reply for every student, but every student should not get the same reply either. They are meant to mimic in-class discussions. Sometimes, when I was teaching in the face-to-face classroom, students would have similar answers to a problem and I'd reply with a similar answer. So save your responses. Then you won't have to recraft a new response each time. You will have a repository of well-written replies for common student answers to the discussion. Here's an example of the EverNote page for the first "real" discussion in my AP Env. Sci. class to give you an idea of what my EverNote pages look like: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s66/sh/88a31510-596e-4c7f-9c52-8bffe0c6ca49/2f4921eb4432b3465fac63ff04c92c0c
- USE RUBRICS. Rubrics make it easy for me to grade a discussion because what is asked of them is already there and it also helps the students know what to expect in terms of grading. You can create new rubrics, modify existing rubrics in your course, or use rubrics already in your course just as they are.
This video has some tips and tricks for grading quizzes more efficiently: