Don’t become overwhelmed by communication and assessment grading in your course. While developing the course remind yourself  you won’t be available 24-7 to communicate with students. Figure out ways that work for you to manage the student expectation (experience) that you enjoy and can easily employ.

Look to the Managing Contribution collection of information for details on rubrics, Creative Commons, how to model expectations and the Open Classroom and more.

Each tool you employ can improve your efficiency. Consider using just one new item each semester; get good enough using the tool so that it will reduce your workload.

Employing a tool such as rubrics can reduce your grading time, improve student understanding of what you are looking for and reduce the number of redundant questions in your email in box or the student lounge Discussion thread (if you use one.)

Rubrics go hand in hand with modeling expectations. You don’t have to use a traditional rubric to ensure that a student understands what you are looking for regarding assignment submission.

For a fun look that includes two very different views of rubrics see “How to Kill a Zombie” Prezi under the Make Assignments Interesting for Everyone section.


About the Author:

Janene joined the UAF eLearning & Distance Education design team in 2011. She provides support for the Community and UAF eLearning WordPress sites including a bit of php, JavaScript and MySQL work. As an instructional designer she takes the view of the student: 'what does the student see? How will the student interact with ...?' Janene teaches web design for the UAF Community Technical College.

This page was last updated on : Dec 16, 2014