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Paper versus assignment uploads

Hi again,

The semester is almost over and all the students are uploading a major course project worth 30% of their grade into blackboard. For the first time I am not allowing any project to be handed in on paper. One year I actually had a student who said that she had handed everything in on time and when I finished grading everything ( which was 2 weeks later), I found I did not have hers. After that, I made everyone sign in the day that the projects were due as they handed it to me and put it in a suitcase to assure that I did not lose anything!

Now with no allowing anyone to physically hand in  any paper assignments and I am starting to grade the projects, each one approximately 25 pages each, I am wondering if it was a smart idea. I am finding it harder not to have that paper in front of me to make notes and grade, so I am asking does anyone have any tricks or ideas to help me make this task a little easier?

Thanks!!! I have a lot of papers ( ha) to mark.

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3 comments to Paper versus assignment uploads

  • Major papers in our department MUST be loaded on Chalk and Wire and graded using a rubric.

    Last semester, when my husband was not home, I used two laptops. I set them up on the dining room table. I read the paper on one machine while making comments using the other. This way, I could refer to the work while making my comments on the rubric. It is better than printing out all of the papers and wasting all those resources.

    I am looking forward to using the iPad mini this year!!

  • Jeanette

    Thanks that’s a good idea. I have a desktop and a lap top.

  • I am requiring my students to submit their portfolios to me in a Word document. I will then insert a clean page in the back and paste my rubric in. I will then PDF the document and upload the whole lot to an app I use on my iPad for annotating documents and articles called Goodreader. It will allow me to highlight, underline, add comments, and actually grade using the rubric while on the go. My biggest challenge last year was having to grade 85 portfolios all in hard copies–going out of town right after classes was next to impossible.

    Now I can grade them all on my iPad (even my lovely new mini!!!), save them all back to Dropbox, then email them back to students after grades are submitted. I am hoping this semester I will have fewer inquiries as to why so-and-so got the grade he did since the portfolio will be returned via email. It will also keep me from having to hold on to 70 portfolios to return as desired in the fall.