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Keep Teaching: Strategies for more efficient grading

  • For multiple-choice exams, use the Carmen grading functions as much as possible. You can preload feedback on correct and incorrect answers so students know why they have missed the mark.

  • Use rubrics,¬†even if they are not as complete as you would normally make them. Provide the rubric for assignments as early as possible so that students know your expectations ahead of time and will hand in better quality assignments.

  • Copy and paste common feedback comments to quickly give both positive and corrective feedback using¬†SpeedGrader. Limit in-depth individual feedback. Some students don't look at or use instructor comments on their work. Find out which students want detailed feedback and only give those students specific comments. If this is a final and there are no more opportunities to show you this skill, what two or three points of feedback will help a student in future work beyond your course?

  • When you see common errors, mark a few examples and leave feedback that this is a reoccurring problem. There is no need to mark each instance.

  • If you're grading as a team, divide up the questions so each question is graded by a single person. It is easier to grade the same problem multiple times than multiple problems a single time.