Accelerate your Grading: Software Solutions for Online Grading

Geoffrey Recktenwald, College of Engineering
Stephen Thomas, College of Natural Resources
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
11:15-1:00 (lunch available at 11:15, program begins at 11:30)
1425 Biomedical and Physical Sciences (BPS) Building


Giving feedback to students is one of the best ways for improving  learning outcomes.  However, providing quality feedback at scale is a  significant challenge for any instructor.  In this STEM Teaching Essentials session, instructors from the Colleges of Engineering and Natural Science will present three digital grading tools that can improve the quality of your feedback while reducing your grading time. The three tools are Crowdmark, a proprietary software for assignment and exam grading, D2L rubrics, and text expanders.  This session will include introductions to theory, software solutions, active learning in the software, and resources for immediate implementation in your classroom.  Bring your computer to take full advantage of the session.


Geoff Recktenwald is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering  at Michigan State University.  He works on several instructional initiatives in his department including; modified mastery learning in early engineering courses and a multi-year integrated system design (ISD) project for honors students.  The ISD team currently has 50+ students working to design and build an electric bicycle and human powered vehicles.  He is a mentor to mechanical engineering graduate teaching fellows.  He is also active in technology adoption and support.  Geoff holds a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University and Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from Cedarville University.  His research interests are focused on best practices for student learning and student success.

Stephen Thomas is the Associate Director for the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science here at Michigan State University. He also serves as the Digital Curriculum Coordinator for the College of Natural Science. As part of this work, Stephen co-facilitates a learning community on improving digital curriculum, which all are welcome to join and participate. Stephen holds a PhD in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology and MAs in Evolutionary Biology and Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a BA in Biology from Denison University. Stephen’s research and interests include the overlap of art and science, the visual communication of science, and the use of technology and teaching. He has worked on projects such as the use of comics to reduce subject anxiety in non-major science courses, the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to teach general science, and augmented reality and kiosk games to engage visitors in science museums.