Faculty Development

Faculty Development

Preparing and Grading Writing Assignments

The University of Kansas Writing Center offers comprehensive guidance for integrating writing projects into classes, and effectively evaluating writing assignments. Assignment Design describes how to decide when writing is appropriate within your course objectives and questions to consider in creating writing assignments. Assignment Types outlines the strengths of different types of writing projects, and offers tips for successfully integrating them into courses and helping students complete them successfully. Responding to and Evaluating Writing offers multiple techniques for constructively assessing and grading writing projects -- from not grading to peer evaluation.

Writing for Learning, Not Just for Demonstrating Learning focuses on integrating writing that promotes learning into classes, rather than simply writing that demonstrates learning, and offers several approaches and assignments to foster writing for learning.

Minimal Marking offers research-based rebuttal to faculty assumptions that they must read every word they have assigned or students have written. Minimal marking is an approach to assessing and grading writing in which faculty focus on substance rather than form.

Grading Student Writing Efficiently offers a rubric for assigning grades to student papers.

The University of California Berkeley's Teaching Guide for Graduate Student Instructors provides Working with Students Writing. The guide helps with commenting on students papers and dealing with plagiarism.




Faculty Development
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