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A&S T&L Community of Practice

April 5 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT


April 5
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
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Presented by: Teaching & Learning, Faculty of Arts & Science 

Standards-Based Grading and Team Writing Assignments in Mathematics (Friday, April 5, 2024, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Dual Delivery (Online & In-Person).


In-Person Location: Political Science Conference Room (SS3130), Sid Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street

– Standard-based Grading in First Year Math Courses

Presenter: Camelia Karimianpour (Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Mathematics)

Standard-Based Grading (SBG) grades students according to specific set of learning standards. This method is flexible and has been applied to a variety of first year math course in various institutions. SBG is defined by 1) the existence of a clear list of standards, 2) assessment for mastery in standards 3) multiple opportunities to demonstrate master 4) only eventual mastery matters. SBG can be difficult to plan, design and implement but can create positive impact on both students and instructors. I will present my experience in implementing a version of SBG in a first-year linear algebra class, discuss the challenges in implementing the systems and how the benefits outweighed the accompanying difficulties.

– Teaching and assessing student writing in two-stage team assignments

Presenter: Fabian Parsch (Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Mathematics)

A core learning goal of my applied math courses is improving teamwork and written communication skills. I have been using writing-focused team assignments over the last three years in both online and in-person classes that range from 50 to 900 students. These assignments use a two-stage process where teams receive draft feedback and then resubmit. The rubrics are set up so that writing quality and mathematical correctness are evaluated separately. In this session, I will explain what priorities and learning goals influence the assessment design; what grading rubrics I use; how TAs provide individual feedback to students; and what challenges I have been facing.

Event Topic:

• Evaluation & Assessment
• Professional Development
• Student Engagement and Support
• Teaching Strategies

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