Learn how to reframe your approach to grading

Grading Strategies to Promote Student & Faculty Success

“Will this be on the test?” It’s a common question from students, and one that may seem incredibly trivial, but the underlying idea is not. Are you really grading what you are teaching? Are your tests, assignments, and point value tasks measuring what you have told students you hope they will be able to know and do at the end of the course?


You draft your syllabus, review your lecture notes, revise your PowerPoint slides, and revamp the class website. All told, you spend countless hours getting ready for each course long before the semester begins. As a new or returning faculty member, you know what you will be covering in each course, but how much thought have you given to what you will be grading?

Grading Strategies to Promote Student & Faculty Success explains how to reframe your approach to grading and how you communicate with students about their grades. This online video seminar examines both student and faculty myths and preconceived notions about grading. It will not only help you change your students’ attitudes about the process but also enlist them in your efforts to improve their academic outcomes through more strategic grading practices.

For example, the seminar covers approaches that encourage students to assess their own work more critically prior to submittal so that it is in better shape by the time you lay eyes on it. It also explores other tactics to help you communicate with your students more effectively, so they better understand your expectations and evaluation criteria.

What you will learn
Led by Dr. Virginia Johnson Anderson, a professor of biological sciences at Towson University, Grading Strategies to Promote Student & Faculty Success examines seven instructional strategies and grading tools such as rubrics, test blueprints, one-page portfolios, reflections, skills tests, self-reports on class discussions, and behavioral checklists that can help you create a positive grading environment. You also receive 10 quick tips for saving time in the grading process that you can use right away!

Watch a brief clip from the seminar:

After participating in this seminar you will be able to:

  • Recognize and address common student and faculty misconceptions about grading
  • Examine seven useful grading strategies and select four to consider implementing
  • List three ways to help students structure and complete important assignments
  • Select and plan to implement at least four ways to save time in the grading process
  • Begin to recognize the impact fair and effective classroom grading strategies can have on student learning and on your own teaching satisfaction and career success.

Every instructor wants to design assignments worth grading and to grade those assignments fairly. This seminar will enable you to improve the quality and fairness of your grading processes.

Who will benefit
This seminar is designed for full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty at any community college, college, or university.

When you order the recording of this seminar on CD, you’ll also receive the complete transcript.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.

Grades are an integral part of instruction. Learn how to leverage them in Grading Strategies to Promote Student & Faculty Success. You and your students will be glad you did.

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