There are intermittent "I learned everything I needed for my upper division classes from her" and "the MCATs will be a breeze if you take her class - but you have to do your part". An occasional "she doesn't explain anything", and one fight that broke out between raters arguing about whether another rating was supposed to say "she has a lisp" or "she has a limp". But in looking over the whole archive, there is a distinct pattern. Most of them say the same two things, one good, one bad, in each rating. The gist of the good is that I'm the "only professor who cares", or "who tries". And the bad is:
She's really disorganized with grading.
So - now that the Christmas chaos has left my house, and I have a moment to freshen up my syllabi, I wanted to poll the commiserates for strategies to improve the quality and efficiency of my feedback.
- How do you grade?
- How do you assign work?
- Lots of little things that can be graded in minutes?
- A few gigantic assessments that take time to evaluate, but only have to be done a few times? Rubrics?
- How do we feel about multiple choice? [I have a knee-jerk aversion to MC, but maybe there's an appropriate way to add MC (in moderation, of course)].
- Automating anything with Blackboard?
Q: What are your tricks? Why am I perennially failing to keep up with grading?
Thanks in advance,
The gimpy wombat with a speech impediment.