The passion I had for teaching was being killed by the dread I continuously faced with grading and worse, handing back the graded assignments. I found the after-grade encounters often antagonistic and more often related to winning back points than understanding the lessons to be learned from the experience. That is a quote from Linda Nilson's book Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time. Along with several colleagues at Rose-Hulman, I read through the book and decided to implement Nilson's method for student assessment. Given the increase in the quality of work my students have produced, I will never go back! Since then, I have continued to explore non-traditional assessment structures in my class, implementing both Specifications Grading and more "pure" Ungrading in my courses. Additionally, I enjoy discussing assessment with anyone willing to have the conversation. This page contains various resources related to those discussions. As with any endeavor, I continue to learn and refine my approaches, and I do not claim to have all the answers!


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