How should we grade? Why do we grade? And how can we get more out of Zoom breakout groups?

With the late start to the semester, we took the opportunity to hold a couple of pre-semester workshops for faculty to swap notes, exchange ideas, and help each other with last-minute tweaks before the start of classes. Both discussions were well-attended and very productive, but don’t worry if you couldn’t make it – recordings are available at the links below:

Online Discussions and Breakout Groups

Grading and Assessment

During the breakout and discussion session, we shared a couple of helpful resources on How to Make Breakout Rooms Work Better (by Beth McMurtrie) and How to Hold a Better Class Discussion (by Jay Howard). Both are highly recommended! If you have technical questions about how to use the gradebook on Brightspace, breakout rooms on Zoom, or anything else, it’s still not too late to make an appointment with one of our awesome faculty support staff.

A few comments on the sessions from our attendees:

“I heard a lot of great ideas and think I may be able to implement some of them.”

“Very helpful to hear other philosophies on grading.”

“[These ideas] will be part of my zoom class this coming semester.”

Thank you to everyone who attended, and especially to the faculty we invited to share their wisdom and experience: Stephanie Batkie, Anne Duffee, Lauryl Tucker, Richard O’Connor, John Coffey, and John Willis. 

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