A question for the adjuncts on the board

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by tigerhead, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. tigerhead

    tigerhead New Member

    I have an instructor who, when grading, evidently has standard comments for an A grade, B grade, etc, and just pastes the appropriate comment for every assignment. I do feel my work is being fairly graded, but this does bother me a great deal, as there is no original feedback, and I have seen the same comment over and over again.

    Is this common practice ?
  2. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

    I post two paragraphs usually. One goes to everyone and it is an over view of the material covered for the week. The second is directed toward them and unique for EACH PERSON
  3. basrsu

    basrsu Member

    It's Uncommon

    I wouldn't do such a thing, nor would any online adjunct I know of. Naturally, there are time-saving methods that an online adjunct aims for in order to perform in the most efficient manner. However, grading and individualized instructions are not among them!

  4. Andy Borchers

    Andy Borchers New Member


    It may be common, but it isn't appropriate IMHO. I can see a set of comments for common errors (e.g. "On problem #3 you need to use DDB and not SL depreciation") that get reused, but not a single statement for A, B, etc.

    Regards - Andy

  5. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I agree with Andy. I often say the same thing the same way, but I don't set out to offer canned comments. And my comments always reflect the work turned in.

    I usually provide bullet comments under two headings: "Strengths" and "Improvement." I also provide comments throughout the paper, but I often stop editing (language, spelling, etc.) after a few corrections.

    When students turn in sloppy work, I leave a note somewhere in the paper that says "I stopped editing here," then hammer their grade because they made me do what they should have done: proofread their work.
  6. AuditGuy

    AuditGuy Member

    Just curious, what type of class is it? I agree with the rest of the folks here and don't see where that is appropriate or useful. I have seen one prof who put the course standard rubric into his signature line, but even that would get tedious, IMO.
  7. Bill Hurd

    Bill Hurd New Member

    I do something similar in my on-ground classes. Besides marking each paper, I send an email to all with some general comments on content, formatting and grammar.
  8. tigerhead

    tigerhead New Member

    It's a 12 course cohort, same instructor throughout the entire program. The thing that really ticked me off, was getting a cookie cutter response on my capstone paper, which I spent many weeks writing. I get the feeling my paper was graded in about 5 minutes. Oh well, perhaps I should just be happy with the A.
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  9. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    Ditto here. I start with a feedback template for each assignment in the course that serves as rubric for me. I then rewrite it for each student; there are common ways that students are challenged by an assignment, so this helps me hit those with additional thoughts to help their understanding. If students were to compare their feedback, it would look similar but not identical.

  10. geoffs

    geoffs Member

    It depends on the course, I have one where I am a glorified marker...problem is there are 180 students handing 20-30 page reports every 2 weeks

    The standard template is there, I check of the comments and paste in the end, any specific comments are based on what I feel I need to add for that student!

    Now in a smaller group you can have more freedom but I find the standard template assures quality, that check list provides a standard assurance check!
  11. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

    What school is this if you don't mind me asking.

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