It seems that students have shorter attentions spans than ever, and with some justification. “Generation Instant Gratification” has never had to wait for anything. Although the Seven Principles date back to the late 1970s and 80s the principle of Prompt feedback is as important as ever.
Fortunately, technology provides some relief – Self-grading quizzes, comments and annotated assignments, chat, all allow students to work at their own pace AND receive prompt feedback. This can be a big help in the 24 / 7 world where today’s students live, work and learn.
How prompt is “prompt” when applied to feedback? Unfortunately, for instructors in this “always on” world, students’ expectations may need to be reset so that 2-3 day turn around on minor assignments is “normal”.
Replying to student questions within 24 hours is a reasonable expectation.
There is a Grades link in the left navigation menu. The Grades page lists all the assignments, quizzes, etc. that will be graded throughout the quarter.
Grades are always available. If there isn’t a grade for a submitted assignment, it hasn’t been graded. I usually grade assignments within a couple of days of the due date. Late assignments are graded periodically as it requires extra processing.
In some situations, peer review can be a valuable addition to the learning process. Students often learn as much reviewing the work of others as they do preparing their own work, or having their own work reviewed. Posting work to discussions or a collaborative writing tool like a wiki allows for easy access for sharing and comment.
Use the phone and the internet to meet in real-time. Great for lectures with audio, slides whiteboard, and audience poling. CCC Confer can be used for whole class discussions, small group work, individual counseling, or office hours. CCC Confer was designed to allow communication and collaboration, using Web conferencing technology, for all staff, faculty and administrators in the California Community Colleges system. It is ADA and Section 508 accessible. CCC Confer http://cccconfer.org/about/about.aspx
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Set up a blog, website and/or wiki. You won’t necessarily need all three; but here are the ways to get a web presence
- WORDPRESS Blogging tool for both personal or professional use with many plugins available for it.
- NVU A versatile web authoring to build web pages and web sites..
- PBWIKI A wiki tool to create editable websites for collaborative writing and working.
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Analyzing: Comparing, organizing, deconstructing, Attributing, outlining, finding, structuring, integrating, Mashing, linking, reverse-engineering, cracking, mind-mapping, validating, tagging. Bloom’s Taxonomy Blooms Digitally