The Problem(s) with Grading and Making a Case for Contract Grading

April 22, 2021, 9:30am to April 23, 2021, 11:00am
Intended audience: 
Faculty, Instructors

The way instructors evaluate student learning impacts nearly every aspect of a student’s academic journey, including retention, course placement, extra curricular eligibility, financial aid, and graduate education. Yet, for many of us, our grading practices are informed by strategies leftover from the Industrial Revolution, ones that grade based on a student’s environment and resources, punish early struggles in the process of student learning, and impede success for students from historically excluded communities.

In this interactive workshop, participants will investigate the credibility, role, and value of grades in students’ learning processes and experiences. Participants will also explore forms of contract grading as part of an equitable assessment framework and identify opportunities to implement contract grading in our courses.

This is a 2-part workshop from 9:30-11:00AM on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021. Please RSVP using the link below by Monday, April 19th at 5:00pm PT. Please note that registration will be limited to 75 participants. A waiting list will be available to those who are interested.

Register for this session here! 


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