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Specifications Grading

What is it?

Specifications Grading can shift your grading paradigm and “show you how to make grading easier, more logical, and more consonant with research on learning and motivation.”*
Specifications Grading promotes:

  • High Academic Standards
  • Higher-Order Cognitive Development and Creativity
  • Reduction of Student Stress and Increased
  • Motivation to Learn
  • Student Ownership for Their Grades
  • Faculty Time Saver and Simple Administration
  • Clear Expectations and Simple Feedback Process

*Barbara E. Walvoord, Professor Emerita, University of Notre Dame

Who is Linda Nilson?

Linda Nilson is an author and presenter with over 25 years of experience as a faculty member and faculty developer at UCLA, UC Riverside, Vanderbilt, and most recently Clemson University. She is also an author and presenter on topics such as teaching effectiveness, assessment, and scholarly productivity. Her publications include:
Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for
College Instructors
(Jossey-Bass 2016), 4th Edition

Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating
Students, and Saving Faculty Time
(Stylus, 2015)

Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills (Stylus, 2013)

The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map:
Communicating Your Course
(Jossey-Bass, 2007)