Providing our students with effective feedback is a challenge not only due to the sheer volume of essays many of us have to read, but also because it can be so tedious. Often there are so many things we want to address that we wonder where or how we should begin. We recently offered a few tips for giving effective feedback and thought a discussion about GradeMark, a new online tool for grading papers, would make a nice companion piece.
Effective feedback made easy—or at least easier—with GradeMark
Instead of submitting hard copies of their work, students simply upload their essay to GradeMark. This not only frees you from having to lug around stacks of essays, you’ll also save printing ink and never again will you chase down hard copy papers (that may or may not have been submitted to your mailbox). “But I can already do this through email and Microsoft Word,” you say. Not so fast.
Once you open a document in GradeMark, you are free to:
- Add comments within the body of the paper
- Point out grammar and punctuation mistakes
- Evaluate the paper against qualitative or quantitative rubrics
- Assess the student’s performance within the class
- Reduce plagiarism by running an originality report
- Enter a grade for the paper that is automatically saved into GradeBook.
Here’s the best part: Grademark combines several methods of evaluation which makes providing effective feedback infinitely easier than working with hard copies or within Microsoft Word:
- Drag and drop fully-customizable comments. Say, for example, that your student commonly misuses the comma. Instead of inserting all of the commas for the student, simply drag and drop the “missing comma” icon onto the page and type up a short explanation about why the comma is necessary.
- Add marginal comments by typing directly on the draft or drag and drop quick marks. You can also attach lengthier comments to the essay.
- Add voice messages. There are times when it’s easier to just say what you mean instead of writing it. Now you can.
- Use rubric scoring. Set up rubrics and attach them to the assignments so you can illustrate what specific improvements need to be made.
We’re sorry to say that we can’t tell you how much the program costs, but GradeMark will provide you with a quote if you fill out their short request form—which will only take you a minute.
If you’re looking for more ways to offer your students’ effective feedback, check out one of our recent blogs, “Are you providing effective feedback? Or are your students just ignoring you?”