Facilitator: Al Harahap
Friday, November 9, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
O.U. Writing Center, 280 Wagner.
Since the industrial revolution, education systems all over have integrated grades toward an efficiency model. As teachers, we assign both quantitative and qualitative values that supposedly represent individual students’ merits. But how effective is the current system? In this interactive session, we will explore the growing popularity of the "grading contract" system that serves to allay both student and teacher stresses through an agreement at the beginning of the semester of what and how much work a course requires for specific grades. Instead of obsessing on minute grades of minor assignments and the seemingly high-stakes assignments, all involved can then focus on moments of learning content. As well, this system can serve as an equalizer for underprivileged groups such as first-generation students, students of color, and students with disabilities who may not come into college with the tools to succeed in the disruptive, efficient grading model. We will also consider how grade agreements can be customized to suit your individual course content and teaching styles.
This is a brown bag event, so feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, and water provided.