This semester the New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) is offering two back-to-back virtual workshops centered on their 2022-23 theme of authentic learning. Both will explore "ungrading," a term that encompasses a range of alternative and authentic assessment practices and learning for growth.

  • When: Friday, February 10, 2023, 12-3pm
  • Where: Online 
  • Cost: $40 (WPI is an institutional member)

Brief abstracts are below. For full workshop descriptions, facilitator bios, and registration link, visit the NEFDC website

Using Self-Reflection to Ungrade Our Classes and Develop Independent Thinking

Abstract: Far too often students associate learning with getting good grades. But what happens when you remove the focus on grading and shift it to self-reflection, instructor and peer feedback? Research shows that when students are graded they tend to think less deeply, avoid taking risks, and lose interest in the learning itself (Kohn, 2006). In this session, you will learn how to use self-reflection tools and ungrading practices to increase the quality of student thinking and learning and provide more equitable and inclusive learning experiences (Schinske & Turner, 2014). 

The Ungraded Classroom: How to Reimagine Assessment for Equity

Abstract: This session invites participants to reconsider and reimagine both assessment practices as well as course design in order to encourage a more equitable and authentic learning experience. The ungraded classroom encourages students to participate in setting the standards within the classroom and to think independently about what they are learning, why they are learning, and how their own lived experiences outside of the classroom can help shape their journey. Students are encouraged to think more intrinsically about their motivations and engage with the course material more meaningfully.