How Can I Use Informal Writing as Part of a Low-stakes Grading Strategy?
Informal writing assignments can be part of your strategy of frequent, low-stakes (FLS) grading. This approach incorporates many informal, low-pressure writing assignments that keep students engaged in the course materials and continually improving. Find out how informal writing assignments can create a dialogue between the students and instructor, boost student confidence, and increase student motivation.
How to Stay in Compliance
Informal writing assignments can be part of your strategy of frequent, low-stakes (FLS) grading. This approach incorporates many informal, low-pressure writing assignments that keep students engaged in the course materials and continually improving.
Find out how informal writing assignments can create a dialogue between the students and instructor, boost student confidence, and increase student motivation.
Led by Scott Warnock, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum at Drexel University.
Dr. Warnock is a longtime user and proponent of FLS grading.
After watching this focused professional development program, you will understand how to:
- Create informal writing assignments that align with overall course objectives
- Use message boards as a versatile asynchronous tool
- Lay out clear guidelines in terms of style, length, and organization of writing
- Create quick rubrics for informal writing that demystify the grading process for the instructor and students
Instructors can use assessment as a feedback tool focused on student learning instead of as a pedagogical stick. And more assignments doesn’t have to mean more work for the instructor. Learning technologies can help in logistically deploying, gathering, and sharing students’ writing assignments.
No matter what kind of course you teach, you can use different types of informal writing assignments for a variety of learning outcomes.
Dr. Warnock shares real-world examples of:
- Options for different types of writing assignments
- Sample topics from message boards and how students use them
- Grading rubrics
- Guidelines for primary posts on message boards
At the conclusion of this grading and feedback program, you will:
- Understand how writing helps students learn
- Know how to use informal writing as part of FLS grading strategy
- Be familiar with available technologies and rubrics to grade/assess informal writing
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Scott Warnock, Ph.D., 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.
He was co-founder of Subjective Metrics, Inc. a company created to develop Waypoint writing assessment and peer review software.
He also maintains two blogs, one about online writing instruction at onlinewritingteacher.blogspot.com and “Virtual Children” at http://whenfallsthecoliseum.com/category/blood/virtual-children/.
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