Better Grades? Exploring Grading Alternatives

Wednesday, May 29
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room

 Register via MyTrackLight breakfast served

“Our grading system is broken, yet we educators keep using it. You may think you have no alternative. But you do,” writes Clemson University’s Linda Nilson, author of Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time.

Join TEP and partners, the Clark Honors Colleges and UO Composition Program, for introductions to specifications grading, contract grading, and other creative methods faculty are using to demystify and prompt student ownership and motivation around grades. We’ll hear from a small panel of faculty who’ve overhauled their approach to grading and look together at real course materials like syllabi, “contracts,” labor logs, and sample faculty feedback.

As the term winds down, let us host you for a collegial breakfast and exploration of big and small ways to re-imagine one of the most important—and sometimes difficult—aspects of teaching careers.