July 2007

Using a rubric to evaluate student participation

Many faculty members wish to reward students for class participation; however, devising criteria for evaluation can be difficult. One way to make grading class participation easier is to develop a participation rubric that can be shared with the students in the course outline.   

Course Goals & Objectives: A tip on focusing your students on the important stuff

As you go through the process of developing a course, a lesson, etc., one challenge is to keep the students focused on what is important, and what you want them to get out of the course. It is also important to use your time in class to the best advantage. One idea that you might find helpful is to spend a few moments planning course goals and objectives. It sounds simple or even obvious, but once you really get to thinking about it, you will likely find that some surprising ideas come to mind.  Naturally, you want to det