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How to create templates in Emended for timely, personal feedback

How to create templates in Emended for timely, personal feedback
  • February 06, 2017
  • by Emended

In language teaching you will find yourself repeatedly writing the same comments and corrections. Emended lets you save your most-used comments as templates for re-use whenever necessary.

Many of the mistakes language students make are incredibly common. Use Emended and the next time a student makes a common mistake you simply add a comment by highlighting the mistake and clicking to use a relevant template. By including detailed descriptions and links to online resources in your templates, you ensure that your students will receive better feedback.

Follow the instructions below on how to save your comments for re-use in Emended and be on your way to giving your students the feedback they need. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up for a 30-day free trial now.

One simple way to create a template is from the templates manager. Log in to Emended and select the Templates tab from the main navigation menu. Click Create template in the top left corner, and the templates editor will open. To illustrate the process of creating a template, we have included a sample comment for the “than/then” problem, one of the most common grammatical mistakes in English according to sources such as Oxford Royale Academy, in the screenshot below.

Sample Template than-then

As you can see from above, each template in Emended consists of the following fields:

Template name*
Use a descriptive name that helps you and your students easily understand what the comment is about (max. 35 characters).
*Mandatory field

Category
Organizing your templates in meaningful categories makes them even easier to find quickly. For example, categories such as “Grammar”, “Punctuation” and “Style” are frequently used by English language teachers.

Tags
Using tags guarantees quick access to your templates through the commenting menu’s filter function, which searches both the tags and names of your templates. To add a tag, enter its name and click the Enter, Tab or Comma key on your keyboard.

Collection
Collections allow you to organize your templates into different sets to be used for different purposes. For example, as a University English teacher, you could use template collections such as “English B1/B2” or “English Academic Writing”.
Tip: To create a collection, click “Manage collections” in the templates manager, and then “New collection.” Once you have one or multiple collections, you can easily add templates to these with drag-and-drop.

Description
The description is the comment your students will read. It can include detailed explanations as well as links to your favorite online resources such as dictionaries, grammar overviews and language exercises. By doing this you can use templates to guide your student’s learning, rather than just correcting their mistakes.

To use your templates when giving feedback on assignments, simply highlight a mistake and select a relevant comment from the list of your templates. The commenting menu’s built-in filter function guarantees quick access to all your saved comments. You also have the ability to flexibly edit and personalize your saved comments, make a unique comment or even create a new template from scratch, all while giving feedback on one of your students’ assignments.

The sample template for the “than/then” problem is part of a template collection that is provided with every Emended instructor account. Select English B1/B2 at the top of your commenting menu, and you get access to 41 ready-to-use comments that you simply click to use, edit or even personalize according to your personal preferences and needs.

For any questions or comments contact us at support@emended.com. We’re always happy to help.