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Mar 09 2011

Scholarship about Feedback

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Mar 09 2011

Eliciting Feedback on Teaching

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We give students extensive feedback about their writing during the semester. How can we elicit constructive feedback from students about our teaching?

The Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning offers:

  • Midterm student focus groups
  • Classroom observations
  • Videotaped analysis

The College Writing Program offers:

  • Classroom observations
  • One-on-one and small-group conversations about teaching writing
  • Support for classroom visit partnerships

Faculty can:

  • Give students extra prompts to complete with the Student Evaluation of Teaching forms. (Responses can be collected with the forms.)
  • Ask a colleague to administer the evaluations and to frame the evaluations with a request for constructive feedback.
  • Conduct Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects focused on learning more about specific aspects of teaching/student learning.
  • Collaborate with students on Student Voices projects.

Mar 09 2011

Using Blackboard’s Rubrics Tool – Paula Patch

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“I rely on rubrics to help me more efficiently provide feedback on informal writing assignments. Being more efficient allows me to respond to students’ writing quickly. A carefully worded rubric can provide students with essential information about the expectations for and their performance on these informal assignments. Being able to provide general feedback by checking a box on the rubric not only saves me time, but allows me to focus my written comments on aspects of students’ writing that are unique to the individual. In other words, the rubric allows me to save time, but also allows me to provide better feedback. The Rubrics Tool in Blackboard Learn helps me create and distribute rubrics to the students.”

Mar 09 2011

Preparing Students to Read Feedback Created with Microsoft Word’s Reviewing Tools – Victoria Shropshire

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“A ‘bloody’ essay is one that has been graded, and as a result, may have quite a bit of red ink on it.  Red ink can be inserted electronically in several ways, which will be demonstrated in this document, but you must remember that lots of red ink doesn’t necessarily mean that you got a bad grade.  What it does mean is that I have lots to say to the writer (read: constructive comments). …These red comments include praise as well as ideas about improving problem areas, and sometimes even hyperlinks to helpful online resources.”