Streamlining assessment: More feedback for more students in less time than you thought possible.

Recorded archive of the live session, July 1, 2009

Instructional design principles

  • Students learn when they hear and see new information or ideas and then practice using them right away.
  • Students learn from practice when they receive feedback on their efforts, and the sooner they receive feedback, generally, the more effective they find it to be.

Strategies for giving feedback quickly and effectively

  • Rubrics incorporate feedback
  • Automate common feedback, customize individual feedback
  • Student peer review
  • Phased deliverables
  • Sample larger works
  • [Please add more strategies you devise or learn about to this list]


  • Time-saving strategies for evaluating student writing by Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Texas State University
    Does evaluating student writing really have to be so tedious and time consuming? The answer is “No. It doesn’t!” Here’s an added bonus: more efficient methods for evaluating student writing are often the most effective.
  • Calibrated Peer Review (CPR)™ is a Web-based program that enables frequent writing assignments even in large classes with limited instructional resources. In fact, CPR can reduce the time an instructor now spends reading and assessing student writing.
  • SWoRD: Scaffolded Writing and Reviewing in the Discipline [temporarily? "off line"]
    Writing with feedback is critical for students to improve in writing, but it is so labor intensive that writing assignments are rarely assigned. SWoRD provides a tool to meet this critical need. University of Pittsburgh Learning, Research, & Development Center (LRDC).