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Wednesday, October 11 • 7:30am - 9:00am
Specifications Grading: Development, Course Integration, and Colleague Collaboration (90 mins)

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Modeled from “Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time” (Nilson, 2015), this presentation will share faculty experiences in developing a grading specification system and integrating this evaluative paradigm into their courses. Details will be provided on how specifications related to the outcomes of a junior-level Research Methods course were developed, how ‘Specs Sheets’ and examples were created for each assignment within the course, and how the assignment draft process provides students with an opportunity to revise their drafts, based on peer review and class guidance, before submission of the assignment based on the required specifications. Details will also be provided on how students in a freshmen-level Religion course were given agency in setting their own goals for the class as well as how assignments were redesigned to use specifications grading rather than traditional rubrics. This presentation will also include the process of developing specifications for a Senior Seminar (Capstone) course which incorporates an applied undergraduate research immersion experience with plans to use individual student grade contracts. Finally, collaboration in this process will be highlighted as best practices have been identified and shared among faculty with support from the faculty development center. By implementing this paradigm, the faculty believe that students have clear expectations for class performance and more motivation for their learning, while upholding high academic standards.


Megan Granquist

Associate Professor of Kinesiology, University of La Verne
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Zandra Wagoner

University Chaplain, University of La Verne

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Colorado Ballrooms

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