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Implementing Alternative Grading Practices

June 1, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am


This event is part of the CTLT Spring Institute, taking place from May 31–June 3, 2022. To view all events, visit https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/spring-institute/spring-institute-events/

Alternatives to traditional grading include systems like standards or competency-based grading, specifications-based grading, and even ungrading. Ungrading specifically de-emphasizes grades, and focuses on feedback to support student growth. It has been shown to allow students to be more deeply engaged in the learning process, to take more risks, and decrease the fear and anxiety that is brought on by traditional grading practices (Schinske & Tanner, 2017). Ungrading also highlights how grades reinforce bias against marginalized students (Stommel, 2021).

The goal of this session is to examine different forms of alternative grading practices that inform formative and summative assessments, which in turn impact students’ motivation, self-efficacy and course success.

– Dr. Surita Jhangiani Faculty of Education, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education
– Dr. Jaclyn Stewart Associate Dean Academic Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry
– Dr. Christina Hendricks Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy
– Dr. Firas Moosvi Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics at UBCO