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Grading in a Pandemic and Beyond

Wednesday, November 11th 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Description

Student absences, pressures from other aspects of life for both the instructor and student, and the challenges with remote learning and communicating are among many challenges that make assessing and assigning students grades difficult and frustrating during a pandemic. In addition, research has shown that students associate grades in courses with the work they completed, their effort, or how hard they worked, while faculty believe grades reflect the level of learning in a course.

This workshop answers the question, “How do we grade when we’re dealing with pandemic-related absences,” by introducing participants to two different methods for assigning grades, Specification Grading and Standards-based Grading. In these systems students do not earn points to achieve their course grade; they demonstrate their knowledge of the content through the required course assignments to achieve their grade, and there is some flexibility built into these systems which address challenges of pandemic grading without having to make exceptions. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore each grading system using example syllabi from University courses, to evaluate the benefits and challenges of each system, and to begin to think about how they could incorporate one of the grading systems into their own courses.

Participants will participate in brief asynchronous learning before and after the scheduled session. Registration is required by November 4.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
(309) 438-2542