Report from the Grading Trenches: Dispatch One

I spent a lot of time this summer thinking about how to streamline my grading process. I spoke with colleagues, read many Profhacker articles (just search Profhacker by “assessment” and you’ll get 101 hits), and looked at my past approaches to embracing a syllabus that expects students to experiment with multimodal forms of composition without having what I consider to be the proper tools for assessing those forms (how the hell DO you properly assess…

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The semester at an end

I plowed through marking and submitted final grades yesterday. I should be overjoyed but have that strange feeling that I’m not doing something I should be … some sort of post-grading stress. Overall it was a good semester. Students were on the whole enthusiastic and responsive – which made it more gratifying. Considering I threw them in the middle of the pool with non-Shakespearean early modern comedy and City Comedy, they might as easily have…

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