Experienced UIS Faculty shared their teaching experiences as part of the 2017 Faculty Teaching & Learning Academy at UIS. This program was administered by the Provost’s Office at UIS.
Online students should regularly check their discussion grades with the rubric scores (if the Blackboard rubric tool is used) and comments. For those students who may not know how to do this, here is a brief review:
The student should Go to “My Grades” and find the week’s discussion. For every graded item in Blackboard, the student will see that the title of the graded item is a hyperlink. The student may click on the hyperlink which will open a page showing all his/her contributions to the week’s discussion, plus any comments left by the instructor. The student will also see an icon to the left of the number grade that looks like this:
If he/she clicks on that grid, a pop up window will open showing the Rubric Detail.
Alternately, the student may go to My Grades, find the week’s discussion and look for the words “View Rubric” –
Clicking there will also open the Rubric Detail page.
When the instructor has written comments in the “Feedback to Students” panel, the student will see a word bubble icon next to his/her grade –
The student may click on the bubble to view the instructor’s comments.
Laurel Newman, Te-Wei Wang and Marcel Yoder led an excellent discussion about time management in online teaching. Watch the recorded Blackboard Collaborate session to learn their strategies.
*If you have set up your forum as a Graded Forum
To grade a forum:
- Click on Discussions in your Course Content Menu or go to the Control Panel > Course Tools > Discussion Board
- Click on the Forum you want to grade
- Click on the “Grade Forum” button
- Click on the chevron next to the Username of the student
- Click on Grade
- Enter Grade at the top of the page
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page, click OK
A Journal of Educators Online study of online graduate students looking at what should be included in effective feedback and how should effective feedback be provided to students found five themes of effective instructor feedback:
Themes of Effective Instructor Feedback
|Student Involvement and Individuation
||Effective feedback is a mutual process involving both student and instructor.
- Feedback should include personalized messages & examples that reflect the student’s contributions
- Feedback should be private
|Being Positively Constructive
||Effective feedback provides constructive guidance that builds confidence.
- Feedback should be positive, encouraging & friendly
- Feedback should provide suggestions for improvement
||Effective feedback guides through explicit expectations and ongoing coaching.
- Feedback should create structure & guidance
- Feedback should provide clear ground rules & state expectations
||Timelines for effective feedback are mutually established and met.
- Feedback should be prompt
- Instructor should set expectations on time frame for feedback & announce if time frame will not be met
||Effective feedback is applicable to future situations.
- Feedback should guide students on how to improve for future class activities