The Role of Grading

Academic Roundtable – The Role of Grading

October 28, 2014

To many faculty, grading is a necessary burden that accompanies the more invigorating dimensions of teaching. Grading’s secure place in the academy, however, often forestalls sustained discussion of its purpose and operation. This Academic Roundtable, which will be facilitated by Jane Chaplin of the Classics Department, Roger Sandwick of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, and Don Wyatt of the History Department, will explore the following questions: How does grading best promote student learning? What are strategies for discussing grades with disgruntled or disappointed students? Can grades be used for both process and product in the same course? Should we be concerned about grade inflation? And is there an art to grading?

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research and the Library.

2014 Spring Pedagogy Series

Focus on First Year- Thursday, May 22, 10:00 am-noon in Axinn 219;

Annual Grant-Writing Workshop- Thursday, May 29, 9:15 am- 3:30 pm Axinn 220;

Online Identity Part 1- Tuesday, June 3, 10:30 am–noon Wilson Media Lab, LIB 220;

Designing Effective Presentations- Wednesday, June 4, 10:30-12:00 pm LIB 230;

Beyond PowerPoint- Wednesday, June 4, 1:30- 3:00 pm Wilson Media Lab, LIB 220;

Online Identity Part 2- Electronic Portfolios- Friday, June 6, 10:30 am-noon Wilson Media Lab, LIB 220;

~Lunch served at all events ~

Annotation Studio & the Futures of Annotation

Elyse Graham, Ph.D, Yale University on Wednesday, May 7

Annotation Studio is an open-source digital tool that permits users to create, store, and share annotations that link to digital materials of all kinds. This talk compared annotative models and devices that readers have used historically to organize the information in texts, in order to better understand the needs that the readers bring to the digital environment.

Academic Roundtable: Moving Research Forward

Christal Brown and other members of the Movement Matters Steering Committee, Wednesday, April 30

Members of the Movement Matters steering committee discussed the process of creating interdisciplinary research models that foster embodied scholarship. This discussion will begin by looking into current research models that blend dance and science and identify other collaborative models that could be supported thorough our current curriculum. The Movement Matters steering committee comprises faculty from Dance, Education Studies, Biology, and Sociology and Anthropology. Movement Matters is a three year initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation to support the work of an interdisciplinary movement artist working across the disciplines of the college.

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Into the Unknown: Exploring the Landscape of Online Learning

Professor of Psychology and Vice President for Planning & Assessment Susan Baldridge on Tuesday, April 22

Susan described what she learned from her investigations of how technology is transforming higher education. She provided an overview of online education in its many forms, and considered the implications of these developments for teaching and learning in a liberal arts context and beyond.

No (2012, Chile, directed by Pablo Larrain, starring Gael Garcia Bernal)

Saturday, April 19- Screening of No (2012, Chile, directed by Pablo Larrain, starring Gael Garcia Bernal). A blu-ray dvd of this film is also available on 1 day reserve at the Circulation Desk of the Davis Family Library for home viewing. Tuesday, April 22-discussion of the film with lunch.

Winner of the Art Cinema Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, No dramatizes political turmoil in late 1980s Chile. When military dictator Augusto Pinochet is pressured into a referendum in 1988, Rene Saavedra leads the advertising plan for the opposing left devising the powerful “No” campaign. “A cunning and richly enjoyable combination of high-stakes drama and media satire” writes Liam Lacy, Globe and Mail. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Academic Roundtable: Technology’s Horizon

Technology’s Horizon: Predicting the impact of technology on higher education

Joe Antonioli, LIS, April 15

New technologies are continuously introduced to the education environment, having an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. The Horizon Report, released jointly by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, looks at trends, challenges and emerging technologies that are likely to have an impact on learning, teaching and creative inquiry in education in the next one to five years.

Download the Horizon Report

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Academic Roundtable: College-Wide Learning Goals: Next Steps

Members of the Ad Hoc Assessment Committee: Susan Baldridge, Chair; Amy Morsman; Amy Yuen; Bill Peterson; Michael Newbury; Damascus Kafumbe; Hang Du. Friday, April 25

The Ad Hoc Assessment Committee described the initial work done to create a framework for assessing students’ progress toward the faculty-endorsed College-wide learning goals. They shared the lessons learned during their evaluation of oral presentation skills at the Spring Symposium.

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