Grading Online

Grading Online

Are you new to teaching? Do you need fresh ideas for grading? Would a sample rubric or grading technique be of help?

Grading can be a tedious and daunting task, and one of the goals of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to provide faculty with practical ways to approach grading that measure course objectives, contribute to student learning, and make efficient use of faculty time.

Grading for the virtual classroom can be daunting. Best practices suggest that grading virtually and grading hard-copy assignments will contain the same important qualities. What are those qualities, and how do you use technology in ways that produce those qualities?


Online Grading Tools:


Giving Feedback Online:

Audio feedback and audio feedback with transcription


Specifications Grading

Specifications Grading

Specifications Grading can shift your grading paradigm and “show you how to make grading easier, more logical, and more consonant with research on learning and motivation.”*

Specifications Grading: Streamline Grading Using Specs Grading
Linda Nilson, Clemson University
Presentation to PLNU Faculty on July 8, 2020
Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students and Saving Faculty Time
Linda Nilson, Clemson University
Presentation to PLNU Faculty on May 16, 2017

Specifications Grading promotes:

  • High Academic Standards
  • Higher-Order Cognitive Development and Creativity
  • Reduction of Student Stress and Increased
  • Motivation to Learn
  • Student Ownership for Their Grades
  • Faculty Time Saver and Simple Administration
  • Clear Expectations and Simple Feedback Process

*Barbara E. Walvoord, Professor Emerita, University of Notre Dame

Linda Nilson @ PLNU

Who is Linda Nilson?

Linda Nilson is an author and presenter with over 25 years of experience as a faculty member and faculty developer at UCLA, UC Riverside, Vanderbilt, and most recently Clemson University. She is also an author and presenter on topics such as teaching effectiveness, assessment, and scholarly productivity. Her publications include:

What other resources are there?

Are there handouts or examples?