Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment in College

Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment in College

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Overview

The second edition of Effective Grading—the book that has become a classic in the field—provides a proven hands-on guide for evaluating student work and offers an in-depth examination of the link between teaching and grading. Authors Barbara E. Walvoord and Virginia Johnson Anderson explain that grades are not isolated artifacts but part of a process that, when integrated with course objectives, provides rich information about student learning, as well as being a tool for learning itself. The authors show how the grading process can be used for broader assessment objectives, such as curriculum and institutional assessment.

This thoroughly revised and updated edition includes a wealth of new material including:

  • Expanded integration of the use of technology and online teaching
  • A sample syllabus with goals, outcomes, and criteria for student work

  • New developments in assessment for grant-funded projects

  • Additional information on grading group work, portfolios, and service-learning experiences

  • New strategies for aligning tests and assignments with learning goals

  • Current thought on assessment in departments and general education, using classroom work for program assessments, and using assessment data systematically to "close the loop"

  • Material on using the best of classroom assessment to foster institutional assessment

  • New case examples from colleges and universities, including community colleges

"When the first edition of Effective Grading came out, it quickly became the go-to book on evaluating student learning. This second edition, especially with its extension into evaluating the learning goals of departments and general education programs, will make it even more valuable for everyone working to improve teaching and learning in higher education."
L. Dee Fink, author, Creating Significant Learning Experiences

"Informed by encounters with hundreds of faculty in their workshops, these two accomplished teachers, assessors, and faculty developers have created another essential text. Current faculty, as well as graduate students who aspire to teach in college, will carry this edition in a briefcase for quick reference to scores of examples of classroom teaching and assessment techniques and ways to use students' classroom work in demonstrating departmental and institutional effectiveness."
Trudy W. Banta, author, Designing Effective Assessment

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118045541
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Barbara E. Walvoord is professor emerita at the University of Notre Dame. For more than thirty years she has been leading faculty workshops across the country on the topics of grading, assessment, teaching, learning, and writing across the curriculum. She is the author of Assessment Clear and Simple from Jossey-Bass.

Virginia Johnson Anderson is professor of biology at Towson University. In her published works, numerous workshops, and consulting with the National Science Foundation Urban Science Initiatives, she addresses teaching, learning, and assessment in the sciences.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.

The Authors.

Chapter 1 Introduction.

PART ONE GRADING IN THE CLASSROOM.

Chapter 2 Clarifying Goals, Constructing Assignments.

Chapter 3 Fostering Healthy Student Motivation.

Chapter 4 Establishing Criteria and Standards for Grading.

Chapter 5 Linking Teaching, Learning, and Grading.

Chapter 6 Managing Time for Teaching, Learning, and Responding.

Chapter 7 Making Grading More Time-Efficient.

Chapter 8 Calculating Course Grades.

Chapter 9 Communicating with Students About Their Grades.

Chapter 10 Using the Grading Process to Improve Teaching.

PART TWO HOW GRADING SERVES BROADER ASSESSMENT PURPOSES.

Chapter 11 Assessment for Departments and General Education.

Chapter 12 Case Studies of Departmental and General Education Assessment.

Chapter 13 Assessment for Grant Proposals.

Appendix A: Examples of Rubrics.

Appendix B: Example of Departmental Assessment Report.

References.

Index.

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