Five Ways to Build e-Learner Confidence with Low-Stakes Grading

Turning Low Stakes into High Performance

Whoever said "Less is more" didn't know about frequent, low-stakes grading.

The strategy that incorporates many small, low-pressure assignments keeps students thinking about course materials and alerts instructors to comprehension problems before the high-stakes term papers and exams roll around.

Frequent low-stakes grading, or FLS grading, is a beneficial approach in all of higher education, but it is particularly powerful in the online environment where instructors can't see students who are texting away, drifting off, or otherwise disengaged. FLS grading keeps students focused and on track, and it provides regular performance feedback so that students-as well as instructors-always know how they are doing in a course.

And don’t worry. More frequent evaluations doesn’t have to mean more work for instructors.

Find out how FLS grading can help foster student-teacher communication, build student confidence, demystify assessment, and encourage a constructive learning environment in Five Ways to Build e-Learner Confidence with Low-Stakes Grading.

Your presenter

Scott Warnock, Ph.D., leads this 60-minute video seminar. Warnock is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum at Drexel University. He is also author of Teaching Writing Online: How and Why, and he co-chairs the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee for Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction.

In Five Ways to Build e-Learner Confidence with Low-Stakes Grading, Warnock explains why FLS grading works, and he provides participants with simple strategies to incorporate FLS grading into current courses without creating an untenable workload.

Specifically, you will learn to:

  • Incorporate more quizzes and informal writing assignments into your course design
  • Provide course grading and evaluation strategies that will resonate with today's "digital native" learners
  • Use grades to create dialogue, communicate constructively, and build confidence and understanding
  • Design and assess specific low-stakes assignments, particularly online writing assignments

Ultimately, FLS grading shows that when the pressure is minimal or nonexistent, students feel free to explore ideas or admit confusion. The former creates a rich learning experience for all students, and the latter gives instructors opportunities to clarify materials or address other issues that are inhibiting learning.

Who should view

  • Course instructors and teachers
  • Teacher trainers
  • Curriculum designers

Frequent low-stakes quizzes and informal writing assignments help students learn so that they are better prepared for high-stakes term papers and exams. Learn how FLS grading can lead to improved learning, enhanced online educational environments, and better educational outcomes overall in Five Ways to Build e-Learner Confidence with Low-Stakes Grading.

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Recorded: 4/25/2012
Running Time: 60 minutes
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