Thinking about grading

/ 31 December 2010

I’ve been swamped lately by the sheer amount of commenting I need to do on final projects for my courses this past semester. At this time of year, faced with the piles and piles, which always seem insurmountable although they always eventually get done, I’m tempted to wonder why I make these kinds of assignments. But then I read a thoughtful paper, or get excited by something a student has done, and I remember why portfolios are a rich resource. This post, by the co-founder of HASTAC, resonates with me — and reminds me that next year, when letter grades are once more the default at Luther, we’ll really need to work on what we mean by them.