Whether you're a grad student, a new adjunct, or a first-year instructor, teaching your first few courses offers a mixture of excitement and anxiety. How can you possibly measure up to tenured instructor with years of experience? Play to your strengths. You've got a comparative advantage in enthusiasm—teaching for the first time gives you a fresh, exhilarating perspective. Try as they might, many seasoned instructors struggle to renew this level of enthusiasm year after year.
That said, channeling your passion requires organization. A well-organized course allows you to create an interactive, lively classroom. Sound organization extends beyond lecture notes and syllabi — the challenge is setting up a course that encourages student effort. Having regular graded assessments keeps students on task and prepared for classroom discussion and activities. Regular graded assessments, however, imply regular grading. Hmm... stacks of paper and hours of red penmanship—not exactly channeling your passion.
Our automatically graded homework frees your time from grading and allows you to focus on preparing classroom discussion questions, experiments, and news analyses. The regular homework gives students a strong incentive to put forth the effort for meaningful, interactive class time. Auto-graded homework offers a couple of additional benefits: (1) our grade reports allow you to see exactly where students get it right and where they struggle, and (2) auto-graded homework is a good substitute for time consuming in-class quizzes.
As a new instructor, you offer a fresh perspective. Students will appreciate the enthusiasm you bring to the classroom. Providing strong incentives for student effort ensures they're involved and not just entertained.