Minimal Marking/Effective Grading

This workshop offers strategies for minimizing time spent on grading while maximizing the effectiveness of written comments. These strategies not only ease an instructor’s workload but also lead to more comprehensive student learning. We cover a variety of minimal marking techniques that will allow faculty to focus on overall improvements in student writing.

link to presentation (approximately 32 minutes)

Requirements for Completing this Workshop Online:

  • Watch the presentation above.
  • Discussion (150 words or more by email to your Fellow): What aspects of grading feel the most useful for you and productive for students, and what are the areas of overlap?
  • Portfolio Assignment: Create a grading strategy for one low-stakes and one high-stakes assignment, indicating what kinds of minimal marking techniques you could implement for each. Draft a peer review plan that works for your classes.