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Eakin, David [1].

The use of OCR answer sheets to communicate caring in the classroom.

Grading tests by the use of optically read answer sheets, e.g., the Scantron Test Scoring Machine (TSM), fosters a feeling of impersonality in the student/teacher relationship. This is especially true in our largest classrooms where the use of OCR sheets greatly facilitates the turn around time from test to grade. Yet it is possible to turn these seemingly faceless answer sheets into a tool that demonstrates caring and concern on the part of instructors. Using examples from his own classes, the author will share his technique for improving student perceptions of fairness and caring when using such impersonal forms. Some surprising responses and tangential benefits in course administration will be discussed.


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1 - Eastern Kentucky University, Department of Biological Sciences, Moore 235, 525 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, Kentucky, 40475, USA

Keywords:
Scantron Grading
Caring in the classroom
Large classrooms.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 6-7
Location: 400/Hilton
Date: Monday, August 15th, 2005
Time: 11:00 AM
Abstract ID:18


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