A Brief How-To Guide: Using SpeedGrader to Respond to Student Writing

MIKE HAEN WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM UW-Madison’s centrally-supported learning management system Canvas (adopted in 2018) offers a feature called SpeedGrader, which provides convenient and efficient options for responding to student writing. This guide synthesizes material available …

A WRITING PORTFOLIO IN BIOLOGY: BALANCING PROCESS

  Cindee Giffen, Course Coordinator Introductory (Biology 151/152) Course coordinator Cindee Giffen explains why Biology 151/152 evaluates biology students’ drafts, reviews, and final products together in one portfolio. In Introductory Biology 152, all students engage …

A Portfolio Project in Math

  Brad Franklin (Math 130 ) TA Brad Franklin’s Portfolio Project asks students in a course for future math teachers to reflect on their own learning process during the semester by preparing a cover letter, …

STUDENT SELF-EVALUATION IN WOMEN’S STUDIES

Professor Virginia Sapiro (Women’s Studies 640) This course was about leadership. An important part of leadership is taking responsibility for your own actions, holding yourself accountable, and being able to evaluate yourself in a serious, …

RESPONDING WITH FEEDBACK TO AN ENTIRE CLASS IN LITERATURE

  English 207 Instructors Sometimes instructors find themselves writing the same comments on almost every student paper. This example shows how an instructor gives an entire class collective feedback about the most common problems she …

ELECTRONIC COMMENTS ON A STUDENT PAPER IN SOCIOLOGY

  Professor Jim Raymo (Sociology) Professor Jim Raymo responds to electronic versions of his students’ papers, using the comment function in Microsoft Word. Note how engaged he is with the substance of his student’s research, …

A Sample End Comment in History

  Professor Chuck Cohen (History) On the final draft of a revised paper submitted for an upper-level undergraduate history course, Professor Chuck Cohen carefully balances his recognition of the writer’s continued hard work with a …

Grading Checklists for a Sequenced Assignment in Engineering

  Dr. Elise Gold (Engineering) Paper 2: Proposal/Annotated Bibliography  AUTHOR: ____________________________________ Below you will find the various elements on which your paper will be evaluated. The Y (Yes), S (Somewhat), or N (No) by each …

Sample Rubrics from a Journalism Course

  Professor Katy Culver (Journalism 202) Below are two examples of rubrics from Professor Katy Culver’s intermediate journalism course, where she covers a range of genres. By using rubrics to establish unique grading criteria for …

STUDENT-GENERATED EVALUATION CRITERIA

  Beth Godbee (Writing Across the Curriculum) In my teaching, I’m deeply committed—philosophically and pedagogically—to listening to and learning from students. Part of this commitment is asking students to take the lead in developing evaluation …

Evaluation Sheet in Philosophy

  Jocelyn Johnson (Philosophy) Name:_________________________________ Topic:_______________________________________________ Poor          OK            Good             Very Good             Out­standing Well-Defined Thesis Logic and …

Establishing Explicit Grading Criteria

  Professor Steve Kantrowitz, History We will grade your papers on the following criteria: 1. STRUCTURE: Begin your paper with a brief description of the narrative, or a brief episode from it that suggests or …

HOW TO BUILD AND USE RUBRICS EFFECTIVELY

  Program in Writing Across the Curriculum, UW-Madison Students really benefit from having instructors share explicit evaluation criteria along with the assignment instructions. These evaluation criteria or rubrics sometimes take the form of a simple …

Responding to Students’ Drafts Using Audio

  Annette Vee, English It’s relatively easy to record an audio file and send that to your students as an attachment to an email, to post that file to your course management software or course …

Responding to Student Writing

  Brad Hughes, Writing Across the Curriculum Frontload your efforts so that what you have to respond to is better than it would be otherwise and so that students learn more: clarify your expectations and …