Don’t Miss This Session! Standards Based & Specifications Grading

With the 2019 TBLC Meeting just around the corner, we would like to bring attention to one of our featured workshops: Standards Based and Specifications Grading: Shifting Student Focus from Earning Points to Learning. This session will be presented by Steven Clontz and Drew Lewis from the University of South Alabama. We hope you enjoy this session! 

Title: Standards Based and Specifications Grading: Shifting Student Focus from Earning Points to Learning
Presented by: Drew Lewis – University of South AlabamaDate: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Imagine a class in which students ask you to give them another exam; in which students know exactly which skills they have mastered and which they need to practice; in which students walk in to your office and say, “Professor, let me show you I know how to…?” instead of begging for partial credit. This is the environment created by a grading system called Standards Based and Specifications Grading (SBSG). In this workshop, you will be introduced to Standards Based Grading and Specifications Grading and begin incorporating them into your TBL class. We will discuss the behavioral shifts we see in our students in SBSG courses. You will discover how Specifications Grading allows you to eliminate false equivalences created by traditional (weighted average) grading schemes, and keep measures of student learning independent of behavioral incentives (such as readiness assurance tests and peer evaluations). You will also learn how Standards Based Grading inherently produces data measuring how well students are meeting your TBL course’s learning outcomes, which can be used to guide and evaluate future pedagogical innovations in the course. 

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