Grading Asynchronous Student Class work – P3
Part :3 Keeping UP
- Recognize time is compressed: A student will complete the number of hours of work for a course in a year or in a couple of months. It will still take me the same amount of time to grade the work in the limited time that I have. Classes may shift in size as students complete the work, but I will have worked a certain number of hours per student.
- Reduce the feedback on a ‘stack of work’ from one student: Sometimes a student will rush and send in a stack of assignments. I will provide the canned feedback and then invite the student to arrange a v-class where we can go over the work for tutoring. It is doubtful that the student will attend but the offer is there. The comments I would have made to improve the work on the next assignment are useless.
- Use rubrics. I disagree with the idea of assigning random point value for each question. If you are grading the completeness of a question, using a familiar scale from a rubric is more informative. Remember each point or precent is a decision to differentiate quality. On a 100 point scale that is 100 different measures of quality. Also, each new point scale is encountered (out of 10, 20, 43, or 100) there is a reset on the decision set.
- Consider wholistic grading: Some courses will have assignments that will take two weeks to complete either by the volume (like a research project) or just the nature of self-pacing. Students writing and skills may be more developed toward the end of the assignment. I sometimes consider the assignment as a whole and look for growth. Consider learning I have noticed students write quite differently during the spring. The idea is to provide an assessment of their skills sets.
- Print it Off: Sometimes I print things off to grade them. Marking online becomes and exercise in detail and editing rather than grading. Printing off the work may allow you to see the whole picture. Reading speeds are sometimes faster using paper methods (smaller column size of the text can increase reading speed).