This workshop explores grading and assessment design on both the assignment and course levels. Participants will look at small but significant ideas for how to make grading more equitable and less burdensome for both students and instructors. Then, they will explore how alternative assignments such as open-ended or flipped exam prompts, simulations, research-based creative projects, and multimedia artifacts can promote active learning and critical thinking. Finally, they will explore grading models that can change the practices and anxiety around grading to make it more participatory, reflective, and conducive to student growth and development.
Participants will describe grading strategies designed to foster growth and equity; develop alternatives to exams and research papers that promote student engagement, active learning, and efficient and effective assessment; and evaluate alternative grading models such as ungrading, standards-based grading, and the unessay.
This workshop is part of the Innovative Teaching & Learning workshop series for GW instructors seeking strategies to increase student engagement, build an inclusive community, and communicate with learners in new ways. Workshops in this series are sponsored by the Instructional Core. The Instructional Core provides comprehensive, integrated solutions for instructors in search of teaching solutions. If you need feedback on assignment or syllabus design, advice on teaching methods, or ideas for new activities, consider booking a consultation with the Instructional Core.
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This workshop is open to GW students, faculty, and staff whose GWorld allows them to tap into Gelman Library as well as pre-registered visitors. Visitors must be registered at least 72 hours ahead of the start time of the workshop. They must wear a mask at all times and be prepared to show an ID at the entrance. Visitors must be escorted by a GW staff member at all times while inside the building.