I think I might pinch Dr Crazy’s strategy for grading essays – she uses a checklist as a front page where she checks off things like “Paper offers adequate context (historical, theoretical, and/or critical) for the claims that it makes about the text(s) under discussion” – or the contrary (“paper does not offer…”) and thus sums up strong and weak points allowing more useful feedback and more efficient grading – without sacrificing traditional comments in the margins.
I start a new teaching unit tomorrow: IKT og lÊring, or learning and technology. There’ll be lots on blogs and wikis, and some wonderful guests (I’m so lucky!) – and also essaywriting. It’s silly how motivating I find tricks like the one Dr Crazy described. Suddenly I’m all excited about getting to give feedback on essays soon. Good thing I know how to fool myself into working, eh?