In a 2009 survey of Chemeketa Online students, the timeliness and quality of instructors’ grading feedback was rated a top priority—and for good reason! The feedback we provide students when we grade their work not only helps them track their progress in a class; it also helps form their understanding of course concepts.
The eLearn system provides several possibilities for grading and providing feedback on student work:
- The Gradebook
- Grading Forms
- Assignment Dropboxes (comment boxes and attachments)
- The e-mail Tool
Some best practices for grading student work in online classes are . . .
- Include gradable items in your classes early and often
- Assign points to everything you want students to do (students don’t often opt for “optional” learning activities)
- Let students know how long it will take to grade and return assignments
- Provide detailed rubrics
- Use “Track Changes” in Word, or format your comments in a different font color or weight
- Use “macro” programs (such as Shortkeys Lite) to make the grading process more efficient and to make your feedback more detailed
Below are some support options to choose from including tutorials, help manuals, training opportunities and links to our self support knowledgebase.
Learn how to navigate the eLearn Gradebook.
Below are several other tutorials available on Gradebook:
You can read about using the Gradebook in the eLearn Mastering the Gradebook manual.