Workshop: Writing Assessment Using Holistic Grading

Course ID - CTD0300-2               

Short Title: Writing Assessment

 Audience    Gordon Rule Faculty
Length of Workshop:       8 hours 

 * Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.

This workshop is designed to provide Gordon Rule Writing (GRW) faculty with training on how to use a rubric and sample/anchor papers to assess college-level writing using a 'holistic' scoring method. Participants will learn how rubrics work generally, but more specifically how the MDC Gordon Rule Writing rubric can be used to assess student writing. This will be accomplished by having an in-depth discussion of the score levels and criteria on the rubric and hands-on, interactive practice using the rubric. Participants will also examine a variety of anchor papers of MDC students' taken from different disciplines. Participants will then annotate the papers, identify qualities of proficient writing, and finally score the sample papers using the GRW rubric.

 After the workshop, participants will develop an in-class or out-of-class writing assignment for their Gordon Rule Writing class incorporating specific instructions/guidelines and student expectations as outlined in the Gordon Rule rubric. They will then administer the writing assignment in one of their classes and score the student samples using the holistic scoring method and the Gordon Rule rubric. Finally they will prepare a brief report on the results of the scoring and provide recommendations for improving the assessment process and/or student writing skills.

 By the conclusion of this workshop, will have received the tools and gained the knowledge, skills and practice to provide more intentional learning experiences related to writing.



As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  •  Describe how rubrics and anchor papers are used to score writing assignments holistically
  •  Identify the criteria, score levels and descriptors of the GRW rubric
  •  Identify qualities of proficient college level writing in samples of student writing assignments
  •  Use the GR rubric to holistically score student writing assignments



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Registration information
Course ID: CTD0300-2
Course Title: Writing Assessment   
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

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