How Can Grading Policy Options Influence Student Learning?
Learn the positive results—empowering students, motivating them, increasing their engagement, achieving better learning outcomes—that can be realized through strategic decisions you make about your grading policies.
From extra credit to “error forgiveness,” your grading policies can influence student performance.
There’s no doubt that students are often motivated by the goal of a good grade. So it should be no surprise that the rules you set for getting those good grades can be powerful tools for encouraging students to learn the things you want them to learn, in the ways you want them to learn.
In the 20-Minute Mentor How Can Grading Policy Options Influence Student Learning?, Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and blog, will share policy decisions you can make to promote a more meaningful learning experience for your students.
In this insight-filled presentation, you’ll consider the:
- Pluses and minuses of extra-credit assignments
- Benefits of dropping low grades and other types of “error forgiveness”
- Motivational value of increasing student choice
- Pitfalls and opportunities in grading attendance and participation
Weimer explains what both pedagogical research and her own experience as a longtime educator reveal about the efficacy of different policy decisions, and their potential impact on both students and professors.
At the conclusion of the presentation, you’ll be able to:
- Articulate the costs and benefits of various grading policy decisions
- Understand the workload implications of more flexible policies
- Formulate policies that promote your desired learning outcomes
Order How Can Grading Policy Options Influence Student Learning?, and discover how to use your grading policies as tools to enhance student performance!
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In How Can Grading Policy Options Influence Student Learning?, Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., examines the positive results—empowering students, motivating them, increasing their engagement, achieving better learning outcomes—that can be realized through strategic decisions you make about your grading policies.
During this 20-Minute Mentor program, Weimer will identify the opportunities—and the pitfalls—presented by some fundamental policy choices.
Is it a performance booster or a crutch?
Is such work meaningful, from a learning standpoint?
What will it do to your workload?
Are you rewarding the least-deserving students?
Should you allow redos? Drop low grades? Neither? Both?
How do the complicated lives of today’s students factor in?
Is there pedagogical value in redo assignments?
Choice in assignments
Does choice motivate students or paralyze them?
How can it benefit or harm anxious students?
Does it enhance student buy-in?
What’s the “degree of difficulty” for you timewise?
Recognizing attendance and participation
Can grading policy actually encourage absenteeism?
What is the best way to incentivize attendance?
Is participation worthy of recognition?
If so, why is it not weighted more heavily?
Using insights from Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., you’ll be better able to choose the policy direction most beneficial to your students’ classroom experience and yours.
Learn what works. Order How Can Grading Policy Options Influence Student Learning? today!
Maryellen Weimer has edited The Teaching Professor newsletter since 1987 and writes the Teaching Professor Blog.
The Teaching Professor Blog features a new weekly post from Maryellen on such topics as: the scholarship of teaching and learning, classroom policies, active learning, assessment, generational differences, and student performance.
She is a professor emerita of Teaching and Learning at Penn State Berks and won Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching in 2005. Dr. Weimer has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State.
Dr. Weimer has consulted with over 450 colleges and universities on instructional issues and regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences throughout the US and Canada.
She has published several books, including: Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning: Professional Literature that Makes a Difference (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2002).
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