It's been a while since I taught real cataloging courses, but it struck
me when reading your message that in the real world of large-ish catalog
departments, revision is not usually done by one supervisory person
(it's a bottleneck, as you know), but by other catalogers. I realize
that the other students are unlikely to be as detailed and correct as
you would be, it's at least as much of a learning opportunity for them
to see the work of their cohorts as it is to see your comments, don't
you think? Thinking a bit further down the line, if you were to see the
comments of other students, it might help you focus on concepts they
don't understand for discussion in class, and allow the teaching of
problem solving methods using the rules, rather than the rules
themselves, which may be far more useful to them in the long run.
On 3/25/11 6:47 AM, Mary L Miller wrote:
> Hi, Cataloging educators.
> I am in my first semester of teaching Advanced Cataloging online.
> I've taught metadata and intro cataloging courses before, and we did some record
> creation, but not as much as I have my students doing this semester.
> There are 20 people in the class. I am giving them 3 records a week, which doesn't
> seem like much, but it's all I can do to get them graded and give feedback in time
> to help them with their next batch.
> [In addition to record creation, we're doing some readings and discussion posts as well, and everyone is researching a metadata standard of his/her choosing and will write a paper and give a presentation on same. The other component is live guest speakers on topics like serials, music, and media cataloging...]
> Once they have submitted their assignments, I am posting correct versions of the records.
> When there is an issue that trips up multiple people, instead of noting it on every single record,
> I add it to a discussion document that I also post. But I am highlighting every error in every record
> and giving notes on errors that are unique to that paper.
> Is there a better/easier/faster/ way to grade and give feedback?
> How many records per week do y'all assign?
> Any words of wisdom that can be tossed my way would be very much appreciated.
> Mary L. Miller, M.Ed., MLIS, C.A.
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