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Ungrading Book Chapters Discussion √ §

Part of the FDC Advanced Topics Series!



Date & Time

February 16, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


Grades are so central to education today that it can be difficult to imagine teaching and learning experiences without them. Conventional wisdom at UMBC whispers that students will not complete work unless it is clearly tied to points. What happens when educators move away from grading’s extrinsic rewards and work to cultivate intrinsic motivation and love for learning? What if you had other ways to give students feedback, motivate them, and still meet the registrar’s grade deadline?

Explore these ideas with your colleagues in a continuing discussion of Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) by Susan Blum, 2020. Our second discussion focuses on:
  • Riesbeck’s “Critique-Driven Learning and Assessment” (Chapter 8, pp 123-139),
  • Schulz-Bergin’s “Grade Anarchy in the Philosophy Classroom” (Chapter 11, pp. 173-187), and
  • Blum’s “Not Simple But Essential” (Conclusion, pp. 219-228).
To maximize learning from each other, both sessions are open to all faculty, but we are inviting faculty to choose sessions based on discipline if they wish:
Participants may access the ebook online at any time through the AOK library in advance of the session using the following step-by-step instructions:
  1. Log into myUMBC
  2. Go to the AOK Library Website
  3. In the AOK OneSearch box, type the book title and press Search
  4. Locate the ebook, and click on the link to Online Access under the descriptive information
Please click “Going Virtually” below to reserve your seat for this session, and we will send you a Google calendar invitation with a WebEx link one hour before the session. If you register less than an hour before the session, you will receive the WebEx link when you register. Please email fdc@umbc.edu if you have any questions. If you have registered and find that you can no longer attend, please kindly release your spot so that others may attend.

While you are welcome to join both sessions, only one session can count toward the ALIT or INNOVATE Certificate programs.

√ Counts toward the ALIT Certificate
§ Counts toward the INNOVATE Certificate

The Advanced Topics Series
Launched in September 2021!

Sessions in this series are designed to delve deeper into special topics that synthesize multiple research-based ideas for cultivating student learning. During these sessions, faculty and staff colleagues will support your efforts to energize your classroom with classic and cutting-edge pedagogical approaches that will help you to ...
  • Identify how to integrate complex learning science applications into your course design and delivery,
  • Challenge your higher order thinking skills to investigate and assess new ways to foster student success, and
  • Connect and collaborate with colleagues seeking to create exemplary learning exercises and environments  across courses and learning opportunities.
All faculty are welcome to attend, especially those who...
  • aspire to complicate and build on core pedagogical knowledge shared in other FDC programs, or
  • wish to cultivate and apply learning research to innovative, engaging, and effective classroom practices.