Mastery-Based Learning

With Joshua Grochow, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Mathematics

This workshop will take place remotely, via Zoom. 

Are you tired of nitpicking points in your grading? Tired of your students clamoring for every last little point? Tired of students being so stressed about your exams that some resort to cheating? Tired of curving grades? Mastery-based grading is an alternative philosophy to assessment, designed around specific course standards for which students can demonstrate mastery. It helps align student work with learning goals, reduces the stakes of any one assignment (lowering incentives to cheat), improves student confidence, and helps students focus on really mastering the material rather than getting a certain number of points. In this workshop we'll discuss the mastery-grading based philosophy, what courses it is most appropriate for, and strategies for implementing it in your courses. The first half of the workshop will be presentation and Q&A, and in the second half we'll work in small groups to start implementing a mastery-based grading system in your courses - it may be easier than you think! The main focus will be on STEM courses (simply because that's the speaker's background and expertise), but most of the lessons should be relevant for nearly any course.

Participants can register for the first, presentation-only half of the workshop, or the full workshop, including small group, hands-on work applicable to your course.

Register for this session to receive the Zoom link. You will need to log in with your CU IdentiKey credentials to register, which will collect your name, email, and unit so we know who's coming and can best prepare.

Registration is open until the beginning of the session.

Friday, August 14, 2020 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Virtual Event
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Development & Training, Academic & Advising, Education


Faculty, Students, Graduate Students, Staff, Postdoc

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