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October 5, 2022

Faber to present 'Backward and Ungraded: Promoting Equity Through Assessment'

Submitted by Ashley Schiffer

Andie Faber, assistant professor of modern languages, will present "Backward and Ungraded: Promoting Equity Through Assessment" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, via Zoom as part of the Teaching and Learning Center's Professional Development Series.

The way that we assess our students reflects our values of teaching and learning to our students. Traditional approaches to grading can perpetuate systems of privilege and pit students against each other and can also be vague and uninformative  — what does an 87 mean? This session will present a recent pedagogical research project Faber is involved in that implements an ungrading approach, an assessment approach that seeks to promote a growth mindset, focus attention on learning, increase learner autonomy and support individual differences in learning. Faber also will provide student reactions as well as small steps that instructors can take if they are not ready to take on ungrading whole hog.

The events in the Professional Development Series are free and no registration is required.

View the promotional video.