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SoTLA Conference


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SoTLA Conference

Wayne Hall 324
125 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2948
Fax: 610-436-2189


How to Ungrade

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Please note this luncheon workshop is an extra cost of $50.00 and this includes WCU faculty who wish to attend the workshop. 

Can we imagine assessment mechanisms that encourage discovery, ones not designed for assessing learning but designed for learning through assessment? Much of our work in education resists being formulated as neat and tidy outcomes, and yet most assessment takes the complexity of human interaction within a learning environment and makes it “machine readable.” When learning is the goal, space should be left for wonder and experimentation.

This workshop will explore methods and approaches for designing innovative assessments that resist the tendency to reduce students to rows in a spreadsheet. In addition to crafting, collaborating, and experimenting together as a group, we’ll consider radical approaches to ungrading, including:

  1. Grade free zones
  2. Self-assessment
  3. Process letters
  4. Minimal grading
  5. Authentic assessment
  6. Contract grading
  7. Portfolios
  8. Peer-assessment
  9. And more.

 We will also talk about when and how to assess digital and other non-traditional student work.

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