Is an LMS the best grading companion for teachers?

You know those shows that interview people on the street? If random persons were to guess the hours teachers work, how many of them would get it right? Their answer might not surprise teachers. Sure, you work hard in class, but after that you get so much free time. You have the whole summer off, right?

It’s not hard to figure out why they think this way. After all, teachers don’t shout from the rooftops each time they spend whole evenings preparing for next week’s class. Nor do they brag when reaching their grading goals for the semester. Well, you might boast a bit about that in the teacher’s lounge.

In reality, US teachers work around 12-16 hours a day, give or take. These numbers tell us that teachers spend much of their “free” time actually working. This practice has researchers wondering whether we should rethink the traditional grading system. After all, aren’t teachers supposed to evaluate students fairly? Don’t they have to focus on teaching and not on grading?

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