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Fall 2017
CETL Book Club

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 26

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Tuesday, Dec. 5


Pollock House Living Room

Specifications Grading Cover art

In this Fall’s Book Club, we will read Linda Nilson’s Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students and Saving Faculty Time. This Book Club will focus on Linda Nilson’s grading system which has become a national sensation among instructors! Learn about how providing students with tokens to exchange for an absence or late assignment can motivate them. Chat about how to use your early assignments to measure students’ abilities and excite them about later assignments while building their skills. Share your own innovative ways of engaging and motivating students with assignments and grading. The best part: using this grading system is less work AND more effective. Who doesn’t want that?

Overall, the book introduces the Specifications Grading system made popular nationwide by Linda Nilson. Here is a quick overview of her work and how it promises to save instructors time grading at the same time students learn more. Remember you can just take a few aspects of this approach to grading and provide more motivation to students and increase their learning. 

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