Timely Teaching Tips: Weeks 7 and 8 – All about grading practices 

By Emma Larkins, OSU Center for Teaching and Learning

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A feedback/assessment tool and alternative grading frameworks

It is potentially beneficial to reflect on the relationship between learning and learning assessment, to explore improvement of grading practices and feedback, and to consider how tools can make grading both more efficient and more consistent. Suggested resources:

  • Exploring strategies to place greater emphasis on learning and less emphasis on grades in a future course? Consider alternative grading frameworks such as mastery-based testing, standards-based learning and specifications grading. Want to find out more? Schedule a one-on-one consultation with the Center for Teaching and Learning. 
  • Looking for ways to give your students timely, consistent feedback? See Using Gradescope at OSU to find out about this popular tool. Gradescope also provides detailed tutorials that cover various assignment types, grading and workflows.
  • What are the potential benefits and limits of labor-based grading? See Labor-Based Grading: More Process, Less Pressure by Kristy Kelly, Director of Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. 

About the author: Emma Larkins (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. Her professional background is in qualitative research, higher education assessment and evaluation, and advancing equity.

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Timely Teaching Tips posts to provide just-in-time pedagogical techniques, strategies and guidance to support OSU instructional faculty. For daily Timely Teaching Tips throughout the academic year subscribe to OSU Today.

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