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If you are anything like us, you are likely frustrated with the amount of time you spend both grading and then "quibbling" with students about grades - oftentimes in situations that have no real connection with classroom learning. Members of the computer science department at UNI have been discussing teaching and learning together for years and we were thrilled to discover the 2019 book Grading for Equity by author and educator Joe Feldman. In it he writes "There is growing awareness that traditional grading practices have become a barrier to meaningful student learning." From this belief he presents a style of classroom management and grading built on three pillars: that grades should be accurate, bias-resistant, and provide intrinsic student motivation. For the last three years we have been using this style of grading in a variety of computer science and education courses and it has fundamentally changed the way we teach. In this session we will present on the WHAT and WHY of Grading for Equity and share with you the HOW as we discuss the ways we have used this grading structure in our own classrooms.


Andy Berns, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Ben Schafer, Professor of Computer Science and Director of CSEd@UNI, University of Northern Iowa

  • Session: Afternoon #2
  • Title: How Grading for Equity Changed the Way I Teach
  • Date: March 31, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
  • Location: Rod Library 373, University of Northern Iowa

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