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DePaul University Teaching Commons

Commenting on Writing to Coach Revision (Online)

DePaul Teaching Commons

Friday, September 12, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

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Responding to student writing can be time consuming and difficult to approach strategically. In this interactive online workshop, presenters will offer guidelines for prioritizing comments, composing helpful summary notes, and avoiding over-commenting on student work. While our Grading Writing workshop focuses on summative assessment, this workshop is premised on research that shows that detailed comments on student writing are most effective when students have an opportunity to revise their writing based on those comments.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between formative and summative feedback and determine when to use each when responding to student writing. 
  • Summarize findings from research on what students do with teacher comments. 
  • Identify and apply strategies for efficiently giving students revision-based feedback, including when, where, how, and how much to comment. 


The workshop will be held on Google Hangouts and broadcast live on YouTube. The first eight participants to sign up will join the facilitators on Google Hangouts. Those watching on YouTube will be able to submit questions and comments and partake in group activities using Google Drive. A Google+ account, which gives you access to both Google Hangouts and Drive, is required to participate.

Facilitated by Matthew Pearson (University Center for Writing-based Learning) and Jen O’Brien (Office for Teaching, Learning and Assessment).

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