Magna Online Seminars

Grading Strategies to Promote Student & Faculty Success

Grading Your Grading - Would You Pass?

Chances are that you and your students have a few misconceptions about the purpose of grading. We all do. But those misconceptions can keep you from getting the most out of your planning and grading practices. In the worst cases, grading myths can limit student academic success. And no one wants that.

This seminar will help you root out the misunderstandings and shows how grading can be an invaluable part of the learning process when you view it as a tool instead of a requirement. Effective grading strategies can improve your students’ academic achievements and outlook and help you communicate more effectively with students about their grades. 

About your presenter

Presenter Dr. Virginia Johnson Anderson is a professor of biological sciences at Towson University. She is a passionate classroom grading and assessment activist who has helped instructors at more than 250 colleges and universities learn how to implement grading practices that maximize the impact of their grading and assessments on student learning and faculty success. Dr. Anderson is coauthor of the book Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment in College (2nd ed., Walvoord and Anderson, 2010).

In this 60-minute presentation, Dr. Anderson will show you how to:

  • Align tests and graded assignments with course goals and objectives
  • Use several tools such as rubrics, test blueprints, one-page portfolios, reflections, skills tests, self-reports on class discussions, and affective behavioral checklists to create a positive grading environment
  • Explain to students how to use certain tools to help them assess and improve their own work before submitting it for evaluation

She will also share 10 quick tips that you can use right away to save time in the grading process!
You’ll come away brimming with ideas and with a wealth of motivational tools you can put to work right away in your classroom.

This seminar will prepare you to:

  • Recognize and address common student and faculty misconceptions about grading
  • Review seven useful grading tools and choose four to implement in your own courses
  • Employ strategies to help students structure and complete important assignments

Who will benefit

This seminar is recommended for all full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty and instructors at community colleges, colleges, and universities, regardless of size.

Grading is a ubiquitous part of higher education, but it doesn’t always get the appreciation it deserves. Discover how grading can work for you, and learn how to harness the power of well-designed and strategically employed grading practices by watching Grading Strategies to Promote Student & Faculty Success today.

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