(589g) Specifications Grading: Simplify and Save Time
The specifications grading approach was implemented in two semesters of a large undergraduate research course and a co-instructed chemical engineering senior laboratory course, both had a variety of individual and group assessments. The grading scheme was explained to the students on the first day of both courses along with a due date matrix for assessments. From the instructorsâ perspectives, specifications grading saved a significant amount of time compared to traditional grading approaches. The student evaluations of teaching after the first semester indicated mixed feelings regarding the grading scheme. Based on this feedback, the instructors made the motivation for using specifications grading more transparent and provided handouts with checklists to the students during the second semester offering of the course. Details of the implementation of this grading scheme in the laboratory course and in a large research group will be discussed as well as qualitative student survey responses and suggestions for future improvements.
Nilson, Linda B. Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Publishing, LLC, 2014.