- Title: "Better Feedback in Less Time: Using Minimal Marking and Macros to Respond to Student Writing"
- Dates: Tuesday, October 12, 201011:00 AM - 12:30 PM and Friday, October 22, 20101:00 PM - 2:30 PM
- Location: Wing 161, UW-La Crosse
- Presenter: Bryan Kopp, Writing Programs Coordinator
Instructor feedback helps students gauge their progress toward course goals, but giving feedback can be time-consuming, particularly in large and multiple-section courses. How can teachers deliver feedback more efficiently, increasing the chances students will actually use it?
After reviewing basic commenting strategies, this session will spotlight two techniques that can significantly reduce the time it takes to respond to student work: minimal marking and macros. Minimal marking involves flagging or coding common writing issues, reducing the need for extensive commentary. Macros are keyboard shortcuts that can accelerate commenting by eliminating its repetitive aspects. Participants are invited to share their current feedback practices and complete the initial steps in creating a more efficient feedback system.