Efficient Grading

“The Laundry of Teaching” – that’s what a colleague of mine once nicknamed the process of grading because as soon as you finish one pile, another one awaits. Grading may not be the most riveting of the professorial tasks, but here are a few strategies to make it more accurate and less time-consuming.

  • Give feedback using a speech-to-text dictation app or create an audio file of your verbal feedback using a mobile device and upload to Box for students.
  • To reduce grading bias on paper exams, fold the corner of the page to hide student’s names.
  • Only write exam questions that assess your course learning outcomes. The rest are likely unnecessary.
  • Grade with a rubric for increased accuracy and consistency. This requires an investment of time up front to create the rubric but it will save you lots of time (and headaches) down the road.

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  1. Here’s one more tip – for assignments that you re-use, craft a detailed self-guided key with annotations. This can be provided to students and rather than you repeating the same comments time and again, you can refer the students to specific portions of the key.

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