August 11, 2011
the foray into electronic grading
If you've put off electronic grading until it got easier, you might want to consider using Annotate for Legal Writing. LRW professor Mitch Nathanson at Villanova created it to deal with the frustrations many LRW professors have with electronic grading.
Instead of having to struggle with copying and pasting comments via Word's bubbles, and creating your own macros, Annotate installs a ribbon right onto the top of your screen, with drop-downs of comments focusing on all the different aspects of briefs and memos that you normally would focus on when grading student papers. There more than 300 preloaded comments. You can edit those comments and also create your own. You can also embed links to anything you want, like your PowerPoints or anything on your Blackboard, or anything else available electronically via the Web.
The program comes with dozens of preloaded links to the Purdue Owl grammar website. So if you identify a grammar problem, all you need to do is highlight it, and Annotate will automatically embed a link to the Purdue Owl site. There the student will find an explanation for their particular grammar problem, as well as a short tutorial to helps them correct it.
hat tip: Mitch Nathanson
March 31, 2010
Stetson Webinar on Commenting on Student Papers
I've enjoyed these programs tremendously and find them both interesting and helpful.
Today's program featured Kirsten Davis (the Director of the Legal Writing Program at Stetson, she is pictured at left) as moderator, LWI President-Elect Ken "Macro" Chestek (Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis), and Sabrina "Flash Drive" DeFabritiis (Suffolk University Law School, pictured at right). They shared some excellent tips on how to use macros for text commenting and the flash drives for voice commenting on papers. There was a small technical glitch toward the end of the session but otherwise a flawless presentation.
The program will be posted on the Stetson website for those of you who couldn't join it live.
Great job everyone!