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Five Ways to Build e-Learner Confidence with Low-Stakes Grading


Featured Higher Education Presenter: Scott Warnock, Ph.D.

Turning Low Stakes into High Performance

Sometimes quantity trumps quality.

It’s not something we hear very often. Yet in the world of online learning, frequent low-stakes grading can actually produce better results than infrequent high-stakes grading. Students are more engaged, communicate better with instructors, and develop more confidence in their grasp of course materials and their overall abilities. Ultimately this fosters a richer online learning environment, which leads to better student performance and course outcomes.

And don’t worry. More frequent evaluations doesn’t have to mean more work for instructors.

By watching this CD, participants will learn to:

  • Incorporate low-stakes assignments and assessments into course design;
  • Offer course grading and evaluation strategies that will resonate with today’s “digital native” learners;
  • Use grades to connect with online students;
  • Use grades to build confidence and understanding of course material;
  • Design and assess low-stakes assignments, particularly informal writing assignments; and
  • Manage workloads when using FLS grading.

Your Presenter

Scott Warnock, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum at Drexel University leads this seminar. Dr. Warnock is also author of Teaching Writing Online: How and Why, and he co-chairs the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee for Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction.

Warnock explains how getting students to produce quality work in these frequent low-stakes assignments and quizzes isn’t the goal. The point is to get them thinking, to keep them thinking, and to find out quickly if they’re confused, off course, or disengaged. 

Who should watch this CD

This seminar is recommended for:

  • Teachers
  • Instructors
  • Teacher trainers
  • Curriculum designers.

Find out how frequent low-stakes grading can improve outcomes for your online students by watching this program today.

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