Dr. Staci Johnson joins host Kevin Patton for a chat about how she uses ungrading with standards-based grading in her anatomy and physiology course. What is ungrading? Can one ease into it? Does it work? Plus, a related Book Club recommendation!
00:00 | Introduction
00:48 | Ungrading
03:05 | Sponsored by AAA
03:41 | Dr. Staci Johnson
24:06 | Sponsored by HAPI
24:55 | More Ungrading
45:12 | Sponsored by HAPS
45:52 | Long Winter's Nap
48:32 | Book Club: Ungrading
51:43 | Staying Connected
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The more their attention is directed to how well they’re doing, the less engaged they tend to be with what they’re doing. (Susan D. Blum)
Recent episodes of this podcast have called into question the common practices in grading, which leads us to a discussion of the movement called ungrading in this episode. In later segments, we chat with Dr. Staci Johnson of Southern Wesleyan University, who is experimenting with ungrading in her courses.
★ Staci Johnson's website stacinjohnson.com
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★ Ungrading: an FAQ (from Jesse Stommel, a veteran of ungrading) AandP.info/ungrading-faq-1fcf92
★ Grades are dehumanising, but ‘ungrading’ is no simple solution (also from Jesse Stommel) AandP.info/grades-dehumanising-e6a0dc
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Dr. Staci Johnson
The first of a two-part conversation, Staci Johnson explains what she means by ungrading with standards-based grading. Then she begins her description of ways she's been implementing these strategies in her courses.
★ Ungrading (episode 350 of Teaching in Higher Ed podcast with guest Susan D. Blum, editor of Ungrading book; mentioned in this episode) AandP.info/susan-blum-dcf0a1
★ Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) (book by Susan D. Blum mentioned in this episode) https://geni.us/GY9Ds6
★ Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time (book by Linda B. Nilson mentioned in this episode) geni.us/QBoWd9W
★ HAPS Learning Outcomes (from home page, navigate to Resources > Learning Outcomes) theAPprofessor.org/haps
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Second of our two-part conversation with Staci Johnson about ungrading with standards-based grading in the anatomy and physiology course. In this segment we learn more about how things are working in Staci's courses.
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Long Winter's Nap
This is the last episode of 2021. The next episode is planned for release in the third week of January 2022. That episode will be a look back at the last year, including checking out how Kevin's predictions from last year's January episode worked out. There will be new predictions for the coming year, plus some goals for new habits and new things to try. Why not call in your predictions or plans for the upcoming year? The hotline is open!
86 | What a Year! | Pandemic Teaching & More | A Reflection (last year's January episode)
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★ Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)
★ Edited by Susan D. Blum
★ Book club entry: TAPP Book Club #42
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