11:00 May 11, 2005 - Living Arts Lounge (new location)
Andrew McCann in an engineer, writer, and entrepreneur. He spent 5 years with General Electric Company in a variety of process improvement, management, and sales roles. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate writing courses and was a scholarship recipient to the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. His fiction has appeared in Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops and he teaches in Drexel’s English and Philosophy department. In 2003 he founded Subjective Metrics, Inc. to commercialize the waypoint system of writing assessment.
Responding to student writing and other subjective projects is challenging and time consuming. Often teachers feel that the effort they put into writing margin and end-notes on student papers has little effect.
Waypoint, an online assessment tool, is designed to improve the response process.
Waypoint provides teachers with a structure for creating interactive rubrics. Moving rubrics from paper to an interactive webpage gives teachers the power to give detailed feedback to their students in significantly less time than handwriting or typing. Teachers still receive papers the way they always have - and make margin notes etc. But instead of handwriting end comments, teachers use an infinitely customizable template to select and modify prewritten, rubric-based text. Teachers can easily access a history of comments for a particular student and quantify a cohort's strengths and weaknesses.
Students receive feedback via either hardcopies or emails.
Please join Andrew McCann, the developer of waypoint, for a guided tour of this new tool.
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