Responding to and Evaluating Student Writing, Parts 1 and 2

These two workshops focus on best practices for responding to student writing. Each workshop covers a different facet of responding, including (1) one-to-one student-teacher conferences and peer review and (2) approaches to written feedback and evaluation (using e-learning tools like Canvas rubrics and SpeedGrader).

Because they build upon each other, we recommend attending both workshops, but you are welcome to attend just one. Refreshments will be provided.

Maximizing Your Time with Conferences and Peer Review

Research on writing across the disciplines shows that instructors can save time and enhance student engagement by facilitating discussions about student writing in-progress. This workshop outlines two effective and manageable approaches for doing so: (1) one-to-one conferencing and (2) peer review. We’ll discuss how to prepare for both activities and highlight best practices for helping students develop their ideas, plan revisions, and offer constructive feedback to peers. Finally, we’ll look at successful models from across the university, and participants will leave with a plan for integrating conferencing and peer review into a course.

Responding to and Evaluating Student Writing… Without Getting Buried under the Paper Load

This workshop focuses on giving feedback that supports students in the writing process. We’ll look at current research about instructor feedback and practice different forms of responding effectively and efficiently to student papers. We’ll also explore various tools for evaluating student writing in Canvas, UW-Madison’s learning management system. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of Canvas’ SpeedGrader tool, which can be used to annotate drafts, create rubrics for writing assignments, and respond efficiently to short writing assignments, even in large lecture classes. Before the workshop wraps up, there will be time for you to plan for using Canvas in your own classes.

To register for this workshop: Please click on your desired section above which will take you to the Office of Human Resources’ online registration system. You will receive an email confirmation from the UW-Madison Writing Center once the registration goes through.

Both sections of this workshop be offered by request.