Feedback Focused Assessment

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Video Feedback: Time-Saver or Time-Waster?

This post has been de-prioritised for about a month now as. I was about to just scrap the idea since the 9x9x25 challenge is technically over but students kept thanking me for using video to mark their work so I decided that I had to share. The feedback quoted in this post was all unsolicited – numerous additional students have thanked me in various ways for trying something new: Video feedback for written work. IO-Images / Pixabay Thank you for this video […]

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The process of Co-created Rubrics in #BSN4416

It was an exciting day when the three rubrics for BSN4416 were finally finalised. Several discussions with students occurred over the first few weeks of the course. Hopefully, the ability to influence the course gave them a sense of agency in their learning. It surprised me how valuable this process was. Yes, it was time-consuming. I argue that it was worth it – Read on. You can watch the recorded parts of the process here if you want to see how […]

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Should we hold hands?

Today, for my 9x9x25 challenge post for Ontario Extend I am questioning how much I should be holding my students’ hands. My students are taking a fourth year research course with me in which I am negotiating grades with them. Due dates are flexible, classes are online and recorded, attendance is optional, the rubrics were co-created and they can do pretty much whatever they want for a final project as long as they meet the course outcomes. They can even choose […]

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Botched Badging? #BSN4416

I am doing something that feels weird in BSN4416, which will be the focus of this post for the 9x9x25 Ontario Extend Challenge. To be honest, I have no idea why I am doing it. Ok, I do know why – because the students said they wanted it. Since they said they wanted it I am adding a badging system to the course. I think they said it sounded like fun. However, normally if you ask me why I am doing something […]

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What is the purpose of grading?

In preparation for teaching a research course in which I am embracing feedback focused assessment (going gradeless in a way). I have finally begun to delve into some of the evidence around grading. I found Schinske and Tanner (2014)‘s discussion of grading particularly intriguing. They draw attention to the controversy surrounding the merits and validity of present-day grading system. PixLoger / Pixabay We spend a lot of time as educators assigning grades to students, but why? In my research courses, I have […]

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Ungrading: Take-aways from @VConnecting at #FOL18 with Lisa Read

“One of the hardest things for people to do is to change their mind … but that is our task as educators.” Tonight, on Virtually Connecting, a few lucky long distance folks (including myself) got to talk to some people at the BC Festival of Learning. The biggest take away for me was the discussion about moving away from grading students to what some call a “gradeless” approach, or what I have been referring to as “feedback-focused assessment.” Some thoughts […]

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