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Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time

July 23, 2020  / Diane Marks, PhD  / Tags: accreditation, grade inflation, class size

Book Vlog: Specifications Grading by Linda Nelson

 

Title:  Specifications Grading:  Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time

 

What is the topic?

Assessing student learning.

 

Why the topic is important?

  • Accreditation
  • Grade inflation
  • Increased class size

 

Who can use this information?

  • Faculty and instructors teaching
    • Online
    • F2F
    • Hybrid

 

Top 3 takeaways

  • Supports student agency in their assessment
  • Efficient way to grade
  • Flexible framework can be adapted to meet the needs of the learners, instructor, and content

 

Burning Questions

  • Is setting the “pass” criteria at a “B” equitable?
  • Where does the idea of formative assessment with constructive feedback fit in?

 

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