16 November 2012

Effective Grading; Barbara E. Walvoord

Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and AssessmentEffective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment by Barbara E. Walvoord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very interesting.  The way in which Walvoord approaches grading is great food for thought for those of us in education: how well do we think out our assessment process?  are our expectations for our students clear, or could they be open to interpretation?  what are we assessing (knowledge? skills? both?) and why?

The steps outlined here clearly lead educators to a better understanding of both assessment and instructional design, which need to go hand-in-hand for either to be effective.  It's also clear that we needs to use student assessment as a way to also assess our effectiveness as educators.  In other words, if the products students are giving us aren't up to our standards, is there perhaps a problem with how we're teaching or communicating with them.  It's also important to coordinate with the other department members so that students get a clear view of what it means to be an educated historian/English major/psychology student in terms of skills and background.

Best used as a group exploration, but good for individual reflection.

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