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Marking coursework.

Student perspective

Attitudes commonly expressed to Academic Support tutors:

"I don't want my work to be marked to a different standard. I know it is as good as other people's"

"Will they take my dyslexia into account when marking my work?"

"I just have to accept that my marks will not be as good when it comes to written work"

Teaching methods

Inclusive teaching:

  • Offer an opportunity to learn discipline specific writing practices.
  • Be clear about guidance that students can expect while doing coursework.
  • Be explicit about how spelling and grammar will be marked.
  • Offer formative responses to writing issues in feedback.

Examples of practice

Dyslexia video: "Choice of hand-in dates: students plan their deadlines.." Duration: 2 minutes : 59 seconds

Choice of hand-in dates: students plan their deadlines.

"…so if you're struggling with something on Kant or something then you can leave that to the last deadline…" (2 min 59s video by Andrew Fisher et al.)

Reasonable adjustments:

  • Offer additional access to tutors for guidance and feedback prior to deadline.
  • Be willing to consider extended deadlines.
  • Be aware of when students should consult Academic Support tutors.
  • Offer additional feedback and opportunity to discuss writing issues.

In more depth

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