Students receive feedback at regular intervals throughout the course.
The course adheres to Schulich’s grading policies.
Multiple mechanisms are used for delivering feedback.
Feedback is prepared and returned using Canvas’ grading tools.
From the instructor perspective, the grading workload is manageable.
Tips & Considerations
If you haven’t done so already, become familiar with Schulich’s grading policies. They outline some important requirements that impact course and assessment design.
Avoid going long periods in the course without providing students with feedback on their performance. Because online courses lack the connectedness that comes with in-person meetings, they often require more regular check-ins and feedback opportunities than face-to-face courses. Students can feel disconnected from their online course if they don’t receive clear indicators of their progress throughout the term.
Delivering more regular feedback doesn’t have to mean more work for the instructor. Try building in alternative mechanisms for delivering feedback: auto-graded quizzes, student-student feedback, or make use of Canvas’ Speedgrader tool that increases the efficiency of the grading process. Speedgrader gives instructors a number of ways to mark-up students’ submissions. Instructors can see the submission and use text annotation, point annotation, highlight and strikethrough to provide fine-grain written or video feedback.
Build a grading rubric in Canvas to provide students with clarity on assignment expectations and how they will be assessed. Use of a rubric can also speed up the grading process for instructors.