The Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) and the Writing Program are co-sponsoring a workshop this Friday on using GradeMark to respond to student writing, which is a topic that I think might interest a number of International Relations professors and grad students/TAs.
This workshop will show faculty and teaching assistants how to use GradeMark, an electronic grading system available through USC's Blackboard services. Whether you typically assign full-length essays, reading responses, research reports, lab reports, or some other kind of written work, GradeMark can make grading student writing easier and more efficient. Workshop attendees will learn how to read, mark-up, and comment upon student work using GradeMark. The benefits of this technology are many: it eliminates the need for paper hard-copies of assignments; it can decrease the time it takes to grade essays and other written reports; it provides instructors with the option of leaving vocal comments for students; it helps prevent plagiarism by comparing students' work with archived and Internet sources; and it provides an easy means for students to access their graded assignments. The tools provided by GradeMark allow instructors to do everything they do on paper in a much more convenient and accessible way.
Please note that refreshments will be provided, RSVPs are encouraged, and attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to the workshop. RSVP here: http://cet.usc.edu/rsvp/?eventTag=2013-02-08GradeMark