Welcome to Georgetown University’s Teaching, Learning & Innovation Summer Institute, hosted by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship.

TLISI offers Georgetown University faculty and staff from all campuses the opportunity to explore strategies for excellence in teaching and learning. This year’s Institute will focus on several topic areas, including effective teaching and learning practices, inclusive pedagogies, technology-enhanced learning, Ignatian pedagogy, cross-institutional and cross-departmental collaborations, and more.

We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to make TLISI "green"! We’re partnering with the Office of Sustainability to reduce the environmental impact from this year’s Institute by providing compostable materials and expanding our recycling presence.  Each registrant will also receive a free aluminum water bottle upon picking up your name badge at registration.  You can help us Go Green by bringing your reusable water bottle back with you each day, as we will be limiting our supply of single-use plastics throughout the week.  Stop by our information table anytime Monday-Thursday to learn about ways that you can help your office Go Green!
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Thursday, May 23 • 9:45am - 10:45am
(In-Person Attendance) - Grading with Intention: Addressing Bias and Other Assessment Challenges

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In this session, presenters examine three common assessment challenges and share practical strategies for reflecting on and dealing with each. The session is geared toward professors and teaching assistants who desire to increase transparency, consistency and fairness as they grade various aspects of their students’ work.

The first challenge is halo bias, which refers to the fact that “teacher expectations can influence the way in which a student’s performance is interpreted” (Batten, et al., 2013). In other words, an instructor might unknowingly be harsh or lenient when grading due to an overall impression of a student or the quality of a student’s prior work. The second is fairly assessing group work, a cornerstone of cooperative learning that is widely encouraged in education pedagogy, but which can be a challenge to grade because often “the work of the individual is lost in the product of the group” (Nordberg, 2008). The third challenge is assessing class participation. While many instructors have a "feeling" for good versus inadequate participation, it can be daunting to translate that perception into a criterion-based assessment tool.

Attendees leave with raised awareness of these assessment challenges and with tools and strategies to address them in their teaching contexts.

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Heather Gregg Zitlau

Heather has been teaching in the English Language Center (formerly the Center for Language Education and Development) since 2012.

Dr. Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas

Associate Teaching Professor, Georgetown University

Thursday May 23, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am EDT
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