Jeff Cain to Present “Do We Deserve a D or an F for our Grading Practices?”

The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) invites all educators to attend our Mid-Year Virtual Forum. The theme for our virtual forum is Evaluation in Team-Based Learning. It’s time to think again! We will open our program this year with our plenary speaker, Jeff Cain from the Kentucky College of Pharmacy. 

Click the image above to watch Dr. Lauren Vicker’s recent interview with Jeff Cain. During the interview, Cain and Vicker discuss the use of social media in the classroom, the effectiveness of peer evaluation, and the effects they see that the COVID-19 Pandemic has had on the student community in their classrooms. Vicker then asks Cain what attendees can expect from his plenary address and he shares his perspective on the flaws of the traditional grading systems. “I’ve struggled with how to do grades and grading in a way that accurately measures learning, that is motivating, and is fair and equitable,” says Cain. Research is showing that there is a better way to do it – for both students and educators. This interview is a preview of what is to come in Cain’s plenary address. 

Do We Deserve a D or an F
For Our Grading Practices?

When: October 28, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:15 AM EST
Session Description: Educators have typically used grades as a measure of learning, to provide feedback, and to motivate students to learn. This session will describe how traditional grading practices are problematic for each of those and why it is time to examine alternate approaches. Attendees will participate in a team-based learning exercise designed to stimulate thinking about grading reform.

To learn more about our sessions about better grading, effective peer evaluation, and equitable grading, visit

We hope to see you in October!