HGSE TLL News: October 2016

An issue of the HGSE Teaching and Learning Lab newsletter provides strategies to meet the challenge of teaching about race and racism.

What is SpeedGrader? (Canvas)

The Canvas SpeedGrader tool enables instructors to view, grade, and provide feedback on student submissions in one place.

Commenting Efficiently

The Harvard Writing Project provides strategies for responding to and commenting on student writing. 

Nuanced assessments: More than the final grade

Howell Jackson

Howell Jackson, James S. Reid Jr. Professor of Law, experiments with end-of-semester exams and writing assignments to create opportunities for meaningful, formative feedback through skills practice, reflection, and peer collaboration.

The benefits: Jackson has experimented with multiple choice questions, most recently in Introduction to Securities Regulation, requiring students to select options such as “Clearly no” and “Probably yes” and then write short essays elaborating on a few of the questions they found particularly challenging or problematic.