203: Raise Your Hands If You Know!: Rethinking the Participation Grade

    Presenters: Tanja Aho (CAS-Critical Race, Gender & Culture Studies), Kelly Joyner (CAS-Literature/Writing Studies Program) & Stina Oakes (CAS-Literature/Writing Studies Program)

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    Time: 11:20 AM – 12:35 PM

    Session Description

    How do you grade participation? Many instructors have “Participation” categories, but rarely consider the unnecessary burden it places on many students. The standard approach reinforces cultural hierarchies by rewarding the “normative” student who is “inherently white, masculine, ableist, middle class, and heteronormative” while working against the non-normative student, turning participation into an issue of exclusion rather than inclusion. We will explore the emerging scholarship of participation and equity to develop alternative ways to reimagine participation.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Analyze their current practices around participation
    • Reconsider how current research can reshape implementing and promoting meaningful participation

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