404: Student Experience in a Labor-Based Grading Classroom

    Presenter: Adam Tamashasky (CAS-Literature/Writing Studies)

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    Time: 3:50 PM – 4:40 PM

    Session Description

    In courses with a labor-based grading system, students’ grades are based on a contract and determined by the work the student puts into the course. Research demonstrates how this type of grading can be more inclusive and encourages students to focus more on learning. In this session, I will share my research findings on the impact of labor-based grading in writing courses, showing that different student populations are having similar experiences. However, students whose primary language is not English and first-generation college students seem to appreciate the system even more than other groups. A panel of former students will join me to share their experience, and we will discuss how this model could work in other courses.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Consider the experiences and outcomes for different students, including first-generation and English language learning students, in a writing course that uses labor-based grading
    • Reflect on students’ experiences in and thoughts about a labor-based writing course
    • Consider if and how a labor-based grading system could be integrated into other courses

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