Digital systems for assigning and grading work can be massive time savers for those who know how to work the machine.
There are plenty of strategies for using digital systems for slicker assigning, grading, and online collaboration. Below are a few we at Chalkup like to suggest to teachers who are managing multiple classes or multiple units of the same class. These tips are geared at making the most of your day while keeping your class connected.
One Assignment, Multiple Classes
Online systems are really good at reducing duplication of work. That’s why we recommend thinking through assignments that can be applied to multiple classes, if possible.
In Chalkup, you can do this by creating an assignment and applying it to any/all courses you teach. You’ll still be able to track and grade submissions in the same way, but you won't have to send the same notification multiple times.
Attach a Grading Rubric for Faster Assessment
If you’re able to grade with a rubric, even better. There are ways to leverage this as a time saver in the digital frontier.
The best way to do this is by creating a rubric you can apply to multiple assignments; create it once, use it as often as you need to.
In Chalkup, it’s possible to create and save this rubric and apply it to any assignment in any class. This reduces the need to build a new grading structure from scratch with every piece of homework. It also gives instructors a hand with grading.
By attaching a rubric to an assignment, Chalkup will generate a grade for student work once you click through how they scored in each category and automatically apply it to your gradebook.
Again, a theme emerges: the extra steps of calculating and transferring grades are removed.
Question Policy: Ask for the Whole Class
Teachers have shared this classroom question hack with us. Encourage students to ask assignment-related questions on a discussion thread attached directly to the assignment. In Chalkup, that looks like this:
So how does this save time? This effectively creates a Q&A forum linked to the assignment students will be referring to as they complete their homework. And that means teachers won’t have to answer the same question multiple times - the answer will automatically be shared with the entire class the first time around.
Then, of course, there is always the game of tracking submitted assignments. A digital system should keep you from leafing through papers and matching them against a roster to figure out which student’s work is missing.
The simple solution is to use an assignment tracker to monitor how many students submitted work and quickly identify those who didn’t. An lms should be able to do this in its sleep.
We like to recommend building this function into a larger workflow. When student work is missing after the deadline, it’s possible to use messaging functions to check in and see what’s going on. It’s also possible to automatically assign a 0 if that’s your class policy. Tailor the tech to work for your classroom.