Exploring Alternative Grading Strategies
The way that instructors assess student performance has a profound effect on how students experience learning and how instructors spend their limited resources of time and energy. In this interactive synchronous workshop, participants will learn about several alternatives to traditional grading including contract grading, specification grading, and ungrading. Participants will reflect upon their current grading methods, explore the benefits of alternative assessment practices, and consider how they might implement them in their teaching context. Special attention will be given to how alternative grading methods can help instructors practice equity-focused teaching. During the workshop, participants will engage in individual reflection and have opportunities to converse with their peers about their teaching goals, existing grading practices, and ways they might use new grading methods in future courses.
NOTE: This workshop is targeted toward graduate students and postdocs who are looking to advance their teaching toolkit around assessment of student learning.