How Can Grading Policy Options Influence Student Learning?

How Can Grading Policy Options Influence Student Learning?

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?, the presenter 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

Learning Goals

The presenter 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

Topics Covered

In How Can Grading Policy Options Influence Student Learning?, the presenter 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, she will identify the opportunities—and the pitfalls—presented by some fundamental policy choices.

Extra-credit work
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?

Error forgiveness
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 the presenter, you’ll be better able to choose the policy direction most beneficial to your students’ classroom experience and yours.


Learn what works. Discover how to use your grading policies as tools to enhance student performance. Order How Can Grading Policy Options Influence Student Learning? today!

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