Putting Equitable Grading into Practice - Assignment Clinic

March 20, 2024, 9:00am to 11:00am
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Student Instructors, Instructors
Part of series: 

Can you think of a particular course assignment that causes frustration and challenges for either you or your students? Would you like support in revising and improving this assignment, particularly to align with equitable grading practices? In this hands-on clinic, participants will work collaboratively with CTL consultants and instructor colleagues to review their chosen assignment and brainstorm possible changes. In the process, instructors will surface what they value most in teaching and learning as well as learn about existing strategies and frameworks for equitable assessment. This session is designed for the busy instructor who wants to focus on a particular teaching challenge, and leave with concrete ideas for the next time they teach.

At the end of this session, you will:

  • Receive feedback on where your course assignment increases or reduces student equity.

  • Compare and contrast approaches to equitable grading including alternative grading.

  • Describe how alternative grading can foster equitable student learning experiences.

  • Brainstorm steps to revise a component of a course to reflect equitable grading approaches.

Everyone in the UC Berkeley instructional community is welcome to join the chat! This event is hosted by Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) and the College of Engineering EMPOWER Program and is one of a three-part series focused on Equitable Grading Strategies. Please consider also enrolling in the other two events: Perspectives on Equitable Grading-Faculty Coffee Chat and The History and Future of Grades - Teaching & Learning Journal Club

This hybrid event will be held in person in 117 Dwinelle Hall (Academic Innovation Studio) and also on Zoom. Please RSVP to get the Zoom invite.  

Light breakfast refreshments will be available for in-person participants. We kindly request that you register no later than 3 days in advance if you're attending in person, to help us arrange catering. 

This hands-on clinic will run for two hours and participants may drop in at any time during that window. Please bring a specific assignment or syllabus from one of your courses to work on.

➡️ Register for this event here!⬅️

***Registration for this session will close two hours before the session for remote participants***

Unable to join us for this event? Check the RTL events calendar for future offerings of this workshop. Receive customized assistance by emailing teaching@berkeley.edu, or by scheduling a consultation


Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) and the College of Engineering EMPOWER Program

Series description

Explore the transformative potential of inclusive teaching through our workshop series. This series offers a comprehensive guide to designing equitable and engaging classrooms that cater to the diverse needs of all students. Gain practical insights into implementing inclusive pedagogical strategies and techniques that foster an inclusive learning environment.