Location: EV1 241
Notes: This workshop is part of the Focus on Teaching Week offerings through CTE. Open to faculty (registration is required).
Description: Training TAs in writing assessment can have significant impacts on grading consistency and student performance. This interactive workshop introduces faculty to the hands-on training that the Writing Centre offers to undergraduate and graduate TAs. We will cover fundamentals in the pedagogy of assessment and then translate this theory into practice. The topics covered in this session include: assessing higher and lower order concerns, formative and summative feedback, using rubrics, ensuring inter- and intra-marker consistency, managing marking time, and reviewing common student errors.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
- Be familiar with the key research on composition and writing assessment
- Be comfortable identifying and prioritizing components of writing for evaluation
- Know how to help TAs calibrate their own marking for consistency, and how to work with multiple TAs to ensure consistency across a marking group
- Understand strategies for increasing one’s efficiency as a marker without sacrificing quality feedback to students
- Have concrete methods for working with TAs to strengthen their skills as markers and to help them better support students’ learning
Facilitator(s): Judi Jewinski, Special Advisor to Provost on English Language Competency, and Clare Bermingham, Manager, Writing Centre
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