Specifications Grading at Waterloo: a Discussion (CTE7006)Export this event to calendar

Friday, June 12, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT

Location: Online (MS Teams)

Facilitators: Mary Power (Centre for Teaching Excellence), James Nugent (Environment), Ian McKillop (School of Public Health and Health Systems) and Paul Heidebrecht (Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement)


Specifications grading is a form of standards grading that puts the focus on transparency, student learning and choice rather than grades. A “specs” course is structured into modules or assessments that align with specific learning outcomes or competencies. Course grades reflect the number of modules or assessments that students achieve competence in (e.g., pass = B+). Students achieve higher final course grades by demonstrating competency over increasingly complex learning modules or outcomes.

In this informal session instructors from three different faculties will share their experiences with specifications grading. We invite those who have implemented specs grading and those are interested but haven’t tried it yet to join the conversation. Please bring your syllabus and/or ideas for implementing specs. This session will be held in an MS Teams site where resources and peer support can continue to be accessed. An invitation will be sent prior to the session


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