Grading Schemes that Support Active Learning

Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/03/2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location
Engelmann B73

Presenter


connies@uwm.edu

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This session is applicable to all course formats: Face-to-face, online, or blended.

Your course Grading Scheme does much more than allot points or value and weight to each graded learning activity in your course! Many “messages” about learning are embedded in how you’ve weighted each learning activity and assignment. Many instructors have inherited the Course Syllabus and make change without considering carefully what role the Grading Scheme may play and helping students learn.

The common challenges of getting students to prepare for class, show up to class, and engage and think in class, can be supported with a well-designed course grading scheme. A typical “high stakes” grading scheme actually will make it harder for you to use active learning!

Your Grading Scheme should support the kind of learning you expect and communicate ow students can be successful in your course. Active learning needs to be supported with modifications to other features of course, including your Course Grading Scheme. Without a consistent level of preparation for class, attendance, and engagement, active learning is difficult to make succeed. Instructors end up feeling compelled “to cover” everything in class and run out of time for active learning.  It becomes a catch 22.  How can the grading scheme enable time for active learning? Bring your syllabus and learn new options to maximize successful learning strategies.

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