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Comments on: About online grading http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: undine http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/comment-page-1/#comment-26938 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 15:03:03 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/#comment-26938 Thanks! I have a wide monitor now at home (just one), but I’ve noticed that even that makes a huge difference because I can see more at once.

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By: Jason http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/comment-page-1/#comment-26719 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 11:47:27 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/#comment-26719 Hi, undine . . .

Yes, that’s right: A paper on one monitor, and rubric on the other, both displayed at ~150-200%. It’s very nice.

When I’m not grading, it’s also helpful because I can have a document up fullscreen on one monitor, and anything else (iTunes, e-mail, Twitter) on the other.

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By: undine http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/comment-page-1/#comment-26606 Sun, 08 Mar 2009 16:12:02 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/#comment-26606 Just out of curiosity–how do you use the two monitors? Do you put a paper up on one and a rubric on the other? I’ve been thinking about your post and was not sure how this worked to create more efficiency. (As you can probably tell, I’ve never worked with 2 monitors.)

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By: Nels http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/comment-page-1/#comment-26371 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 04:42:22 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/#comment-26371 Just wrote my own meandering post on this topic:

http://penniesinajarblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/more-thoughts-on-online-grading.html

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By: Nels http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/comment-page-1/#comment-26370 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 04:41:31 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/#comment-26370 Just wrote my own meandering post on this topic:

http://penniesinajarblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/deadlines-and-late-policies.html

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By: Katy http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/comment-page-1/#comment-26362 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 01:24:21 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/#comment-26362 Thanks for this Jason – it’s reassuring to know that I’m not alone in finding online grading more time consuming. I love the recommendation to use 2 monitors – that certainly would help. And I’ll probably take your advice on the rubric – I have one with complicated numbers now and I end up trying to figure it backwards… I think in theory a program like “Comment” (which we have access to through the classroom software at GT) would work well, but it takes an initial time investment to get it all figured out. It does feature a comment library though, kind of like the technique undine was suggesting. Maybe next semester…

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By: undine http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/comment-page-1/#comment-26345 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 16:15:11 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/#comment-26345 First of all, thanks for this post; I like seeing how other people comment on papers using computers.

The file formats thing is important, as you and squawky say. Students have to send me some flavor of Word or .rtf, since Word 2003 for Windows can’t open a .pdf or insert comments in it. I also tell them that I will always send them a confirmation message when they email me their papers; no email means I didn’t get the paper.

I just discovered autotext (http://notofgeneralinterest.blogspot.com/search?q=autotext) last year, which has shaved a lot of time from the paper-commenting process. Since you can copy and paste into autotext, I spent about an hour one day putting in all the explanations I already had written up for comma splices, etc., and can now insert them with a keystroke. The beneficial part is that I can now spend more time on substantive comments rather than typing explanations of errors. (Also, I try not to scare them by inserting an explanation for everything each time.)

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By: squawky http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/comment-page-1/#comment-26341 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 15:05:31 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/#comment-26341 I second the “strict on file formats” approach – I find that I can open most documents with Pages (even the dreaded .docx, before I upgraded to Office 2008)… but have run across a few that just would not open. One student submitted a paper using what appeared to be WordPerfect (an old version, even) that seemed to open fine, but upon close inspection was missing the last half page of text.

My rules boil down to “.doc, .txt, or.pdf” – that way I know I can open them, and that the student can send them without issue (Pages/Keynote documents aren’t really documents – they’re ‘packages’ – but non-Mac computers see them as folders… very hard to attach to an email).

My other caveat to students is always to make sure they receive some kind of notification that I’ve received their assignment. Works great if we use Blackboard for assignments, but for the “email it to me” assignments this is critical… too many assignments end up in spam folders, or arrive with missing attachments.

As for the text expander – I really wish I had one in pen format… I get tired of writing the same comments over and over. But a good point – should really consider investing in an electronic version.

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By: Tom http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/comment-page-1/#comment-26333 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 12:48:21 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/03/04/about-online-grading/#comment-26333 I now am keeping a simple Word document with commonly used comments for each assignment. It’s not as elegant as a macro, but it saves time.

Get a second monitor or a widescreen monitor so that you can have the rubric/response open next to the paper to be graded.

Works is a real pain; encourage students to get OpenOffice 3.01 http://www.openoffice.org which can save as Office 2003 or 2007 and provides spreadsheet and powerpoint functionality as well. It will also open a variety of ancient formats like WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3.

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