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How Does One Grade a Conversation? Faculty Views of Forum Grading

Bethanie Hansen (American Public University System, USA)
Nancy Heath (American Public University System, USA)
Additional Authors
Susan Lowman-Thomas (American Public University System, USA)
William Overton (American Public University System, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 1:45pm
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Discovery Session 1

Faculty members at a large online university shared their views about the important issue of grading forums in a consistent, fair, meaningful way.

Extended Abstract

Forums are a key component of online university courses and grading them in a consistent, fair, meaningful way is a challenge. Faculty members at a large online university shared their views about the issue in survey conducted in 2014. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be summarized in this energized discovery session designed for both faculty members and those committed to faculty development. Survey data will provide insight on how experienced online faculty members respond to the needs of their diverse students to have prompt, detailed feedback on their forum performance. Specific suggestions for usefulness of rubrics will be shared. Faculty, administrators, and faculty development professionals will take away new insights about the process of grading forums, representing practices currently in use. Engagement will be high as the session will also provide an opportunity for participants to share their views on the important task of grading forums, through the use of a survey tool.