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Joe Murphy

The significant learning benefits of getting rid of grades - 0 views

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    It can't be an accident that this was published just as faculty start staring down big piles of Thanksgiving break grading. The arguments, however, are about how grades serve as limiters on student learning.
Alex Alderman

Research suggests that students may make more academic progress by focusing on task-ori... - 1 views

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    I like the idea of having students set goals for themselves, which could create a stronger sense of agency and lead to clearer feedback from instructors about what the student should be trying to accomplish in the course. But the authors note that this approach assumes a level of executive function on the part of the student that may be detrimental to some.
Joe Murphy

Teaching Students How to Manage Feedback - 2 views

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    Interesting stuff in this article, from managing what can seem like a torrent of feedback, to thinking about the ways that different people respond to the same comments, to the metacognitive exercise of thinking about your own reactions. It's also worth noting that these tips come from a book that's not just for students - and the techniques might be useful for faculty and staff too.
Joe Murphy

9 Tools for the Accidental Writing Teacher - 0 views

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    Good mix of practical tips for managing your grading and pedagogical tips for helping students learn to do college-level writing.
Joe Murphy

Sometimes I Don't Hate Grading. Why? - 0 views

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    Some interesting thoughts about what makes grading a chore, and what can make it rewarding.
Joe Murphy

Grading exams with integrity - 0 views

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    Lots of interesting ideas in this podcast episode for removing potential sources of unconscious bias from your grading.
Joe Murphy

Provide 'Feedforward' with Exemplars - 0 views

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    Some faculty share exemplar papers from previous courses to help students understand how a good paper works (or how to find the flaws in a paper). The idea of doing this with exam essays struck me as new and interesting.
Joe Murphy

Courageous Conversation: Formative Assessment and Grading - 0 views

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    How many points should you give students for first drafts, project reports, and other assignments which show the student's progress toward an end goal? Andrew Miller argues for zero - he cleaves summative grading from formative assessments. (Mostly.)
Joe Murphy

Responding to Student Writing/Writers - 2 views

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    Interesting review of a new book on writing pedagogy. The central message of the book appears to be one which I've heard many Kenyon faculty members discuss - deliver only a few critical messages to a student per writing exercise, based on their current stage of writing development. There's a much better chance that the student will take those one or two lessons to heart than if they're hidden in feedback which bleeds red ink.
Joe Murphy

iPads, Hotels, and Learning - 0 views

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    Our discussions about writing often come around to whether students actually read (and internalize) the comments. Sometimes we hear about students not knowing how to turn on Track Changes or the GradeMark panel in Turnitin, so at the most basic level electronic comments do introduce friction for some students. What do you think of the research project proposed here - do students actually approach electronic feedback differently?
Joe Murphy

Grading Group Work - 2 views

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    What are your opinions on grading group work? How do you balance formative and summative comments, group and individual grades, your grading and intra-group feedback?
Joe Murphy

Ten Tips for More Efficient and Effective Grading Practices - 0 views

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    Everyone's looking for a way to make grading more efficient without sacrificing effectiveness. Most of these tips boil down to finding ways to make feedback engaging, usually by focusing on things the student can do to improve (in a rewrite or on the next assignment).
Joe Murphy

Grade Calculator - 0 views

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    This website offers a suite of online and offline (Excel) grade calculators. It can do calculations based on letter grades, which is a frequent request at the CIP!
Eric Holdener

How to Curve and Exam and Assign Grades - 1 views

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    This 2008 blog post from a mathematician at Dickinson College is the best summary of my thoughts on curving grades that I have ever come across. Other than the fact that there is more math in here, this is what I think of whenever my students ask me "Do you curve your exams?"

    Moreover, his discussion on assigning grades includes formulas that can be pasted into either Google Docs or Excel that will generate letter grades based on splits that you can set to your liking. (Note: I have my own blog post about this where I explain these formulas in a bit more detail. Just copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://cip.kenyon.edu/hells-bells-not-question-again-and-formulas-assigning-grades.)
Joe Murphy

Using a Participation Rubric: A Case for Fairness and Learning - 0 views

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    "What is the intended learning goal for participation?" And how do students know what "good" participation looks like? By sharing a clear, positive ideal for class participation in rubric form, you can help students learn the social skills you're encouraging with a "class participation" grade.
Joe Murphy

Teaching More by Grading Less (or Differently) - 0 views

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    Did you know that grades weren't widespread in American education until midway through the 20th Century? This article features a literature review of the history of grading, discusses some of the ways in which grading doesn't work as well for learning as we'd like, and suggests alternative approaches to assignments and assessment.
Joe Murphy

10 Tips for Grading Writing w/ Less Stress and Frustration - 0 views

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    When the avalanche of end-of-semester grading seems like just too much, it might be worthwhile to review these tips. Some are hints for your workflow, and others for your mindset.
Joe Murphy

Using Google Documents for Grading - 0 views

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    An intriguing description of using Google Forms as a writing rubric (or more general marking guide). I like the goal of "reduc(ing) the amount of time that I have to spend on administrative grading-related tasks, so that I can really focus my attention on reading and responding to students' work." I can see how electronic rubrics could be a time-saver, and Google Forms are dead easy to set up.
Joe Murphy

Don't Be Hard to Get Along With - 0 views

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    An interesting take on "preparation for the real world." I suspect it asks as many questions as it answers, but it's good to challenge the idea that we can give pat answers about "what the real world will be like."
Joe Murphy

AAC&U VALUE Rubrics - 1 views

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    Rubrics covering a variety of learning outcomes, including a number of skills we have discussed in relation to the Essentials project. These were created as part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' project "Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education."
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