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Slash Your Grading Time: How Chat GPT Turns Hours Into Minutes

Updated: May 12

Grading essays, especially the stack of 100 five-paragraph pieces sitting on your desk, is a marathon that eats into your precious time. It's an important part of our job, sure, but it's also incredibly time-consuming. What if we told you there's a way to slash that grading time dramatically, from potentially over 20 hours to just a handful?

Enter Chat GPT – your new grading assistant. This isn't about replacing your insightful feedback with automated responses. Rather, it's about enhancing efficiency without sacrificing the personal touch your students need and appreciate. And don't worry, you don't need to be a tech guru to get the hang of it. With a little setup and some practice, Chat GPT can help you breeze through that mountain of essays, saving you roughly 15 hours on that daunting pile of 100 essays.

This guide is your friendly introduction to integrating Chat GPT into your grading process. It's straightforward, designed with your needs in mind, and a genuine time-saver. So, let's explore how this tool can give you back your weekends while still providing the meaningful feedback that nurtures your students' growth.

Step 1: Define the Assignment and Expectations

  • Detail the Assignment: Clearly outline the assignment's objectives, scope, and format. This clarity will help in setting up criteria for ChatGPT to assess.

  • Establish Grading Criteria: Create a rubric or set of questions that ChatGPT can use to evaluate the assignment. This could include grammar, coherence, argument strength, and adherence to guidelines.

Step 2: Prepare the Submissions for Review

  • Collect Submissions: Gather all student submissions in a digital format that's easily accessible. This might involve compiling documents into a single folder or using a Learning Management System (LMS) that supports bulk download.

  • Anonymize Work: If possible, anonymize the submissions to ensure an unbiased grading process.

Step 3: Set Up ChatGPT for Grading

  • Customize Prompts: Based on your grading criteria, prepare specific prompts for ChatGPT. For instance, if grading an essay, you might create prompts like "Evaluate the clarity of the thesis statement" or "Assess the use of evidence in supporting arguments."

  • Test Run: Before grading actual student work, test ChatGPT with a few sample responses to ensure it understands and accurately applies your criteria.

Step 4: Grade Assignments

  • Process Each Submission: For each student's work, input the relevant section (e.g., essay, short answer) into ChatGPT along with your grading prompt. Repeat this for each criterion in your rubric.

  • Record Grades and Feedback: Based on ChatGPT's assessments, record the grades and any pertinent feedback. Remember, AI can sometimes miss nuances, so a quick personal review is advisable.

Step 5: Personalize Feedback

  • Add Personal Touch: Review ChatGPT's feedback and add any personal notes or encouragement. This step ensures feedback is constructive and tailored to each student's needs.

  • Identify Common Issues: If ChatGPT identifies recurring issues across multiple submissions, consider addressing these in class or providing additional resources.

Step 6: Distribute Grades and Feedback

  • Compile Feedback: Organize the grades and feedback for easy distribution. This might involve entering data into an LMS or preparing individual feedback documents.

  • Share with Students: Distribute the grades and feedback through your chosen platform. Ensure students have the opportunity to ask questions or seek clarification on their feedback.

Step 7: Reflect and Adjust

  • Solicit Student Feedback: After the process, ask students for their thoughts on the feedback's helpfulness and clarity. Use this to refine future AI-assisted grading.

  • Review the Process: Reflect on the efficiency and effectiveness of using ChatGPT for grading. Adjust your prompts, criteria, or personal review based on what worked well or areas for improvement.

Adopting Chat GPT is not just about tapping into new tech—it's about making your teaching life more balanced and efficient. We’re here to cut down those long grading hours while ensuring your feedback remains as personalized and impactful as ever.

Thanks for exploring this journey with us at the Accessibility Education Project. Let’s embrace this tool together and open up a world where teaching is more about connecting with your students and less about the grind. Here’s to smarter grading and happier teaching!

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