Spotlight ~ Reducing Your Grading Time: 2018 Proceedings

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Reducing Your Grading Time: Student Self-Assessment Practices that Work

by Stephen Fitzmaurice

Proceedings video abstract

In an effort to teach critical thinking skills for students and reduce grading time, our educational interpreting program stopped providing direct feedback on their interpreted work and implemented a self-assessment only system of assessment.  As part of this process students are taught and then graded on the efficacy of their self-assessment of their own interpreting work.  This has fundamentally altered program and course assessments and reduced the amount of time it takes for grading and evaluation.  Findings indicate implementing self-assessments throughout each course, improves students’ actual interpreting performance as evidenced by higher Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) ratings.  In this session participants will uncover different approaches and tools for self-assessment taking into account instructor time management, as well as, student learning objectives.  Participants will explore what a completely recursive self-assessment curriculum looks like and discuss the strengths and weaknesses therein.  Lastly, participants will formulate if, and how to, implement student self-assessment into their teaching.

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About this Spotlight Series

CIT has played a significant role in the history of interpreter education in the United States. The conference proceedings on this page include workshop abstracts, papers, and business meeting minutes for many of these conferences.
The goals of the Proceedings Spotlight are to highlight:

  1. the valuable information and hard work that has gone into creating the CIT Proceedings,
  2. the importance of CIT in the history of interpreter education in the United States, and how conference proceedings have played a part in furthering interpreter education,
  3. different ways that Proceedings can be used to enhance and support research, education, and mentoring within the interpreting field,
  4. and positive outcomes, such as student success or enhanced skill development, as a result of applying the information shared within the CIT Proceedings.