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This faculty learning community (FLC) supports instructors interested in exploring and adopting an alternative grading approach called specifications grading. Specs grading is capable of fostering equity, inclusion, motivation, self-regulation of student learning, and rigor (learn more). Over the course of six meetings during Fall 2021, we will examine the salient features of specs grading systems and help you develop a scheme for one of your courses. By engaging in discussion and applying feedback from other participants, you will be ready to implement your redesigned course as early as the Spring 2022 semester.
Some of the questions we will explore during the FLC include:
As a participant in the FLC, you will:
This FLC is open to all faculty. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are also welcome to apply, however priority will be given to faculty.
Prior completion of our Course Design Institute or c3Design (facilitated or independent experience) is required. No prior experience with specifications grading is required.
The FLC meetings will take place every other week for six, 60-minute sessions, starting the week of October 4th and ending the week of December 6th. We will alternate between meeting in person one week and on Zoom the next. The exact dates and times for the sessions will be based on participant availability.
Each session will draw from specific chapters of Linda Nilson’s Specifications grading: Restoring rigor, motivating students, and saving faculty time (freely available online through UVA Library or the CTE can provide a physical copy). Prior to each session, participants will completed the assigned reading and answer discussion questions. During our time together, you will gain knowledge of how the principles of specifications grading interplay with your course. Together, we will discuss the ideas and help solve challenges.
We will also plan to host a check-in meeting in the spring.
Email Marina Escámez Ballesta, CTE Faculty Fellow, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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