Teachers' Lounge: Negotiating the Terms of Assessment
Teachers’ Lounges are series of informal discussions about teaching practices and the culture of learning at Columbia. Our conversations often introduce participants to related educational models, research, and theory, and invite dialogue about their pertinence to day to day teaching. Graduate students and new instructors at Columbia are especially welcome, and pizza is available.
In Fall 2017, we are exploring creative approaches to grading that increase student agency and morale. This session will round out conversations for the semester with some thoughts about the advantages (and perils) of giving students control over the terms of producing and assessing their work in a class. Discussion will include consideration of student-driven syllabus design, student-teacher contracts, honor codes, and other agreements negotiated around the standards and procedures of a class.