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Creating and Grading Effective Writing Assignments

Writing Ready

This workshop will help you create effective writing assessments that help students succeed and keep grading at a manageable level. We will look at a variety of writing assignments from short informal assignments to large research projects as well as collaborative writing assignments. We will also explore matching assignments to learning outcomes and creating effective rubrics that increase student success and also make for a more efficient grading process.

Presenter: James Frost, Ph.D., QEP Director. Assistant Professor, English

We have tools for you!

After the workshop is over visit Distance Education to learn what tools we have for you. You pick and choose the tools and activities you want from the list below:

  • Paragraph Writing Tools: Paragraph Writing Handbook and the Paragraph Writing Video module for students to refer to the handbook to learn about how to write an effective paragraph and watch the video to learn why this is important. Ask that this unit be included in your Blackboard account for students to use.
  • Safe Assign Students will have a unit on how it works, what it does along with complete instructions on how to submit papers prior to turning them in for grading. No need for you to grade any paper that has been plagiarized or overzealously quoted.
  • Discussion Groups: Set up discussion topics, dates and a tutorial for students on how to use the discussion board along with a rubric on how it will be graded. The rubric can be edited by you at any time.
  • Peer Grading: There are two valuable tools that make peer grading an easy task for faculty and for students, CPR and Blackboard. Learn about how to use these two sources and have them set up into Blackboard.
  • SmartThinking Students can turn their papers into this program and have them edited prior to submitting them to you.

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CANCELLED)

Location: UBCB 2.110 (University Boulevard Classroom Building)

Fall 2012 Convocation Week: Attend one of the Helpshops to get your Blackboard and syllabus writing ready.

To register (click here)

For more information please contact Betsy.Price@utb.edu or Moises.Estrada@utb.edu

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