Gradescope available at UIC

UIC monitors have access to gradescope, a rubric-based grading app that provides instructors with online, AI-assisted grading and feedback tools designed to streamline and standardize paper, digital, and coded assignments. This semester, over 1,200 instructors and assistants graded over 170,000,000 submissions from nearly 14,000 students via Gradescope. Since Gradescope is available at UIC, grading has become faster and more accurate.

Gradescope Summit 2022: Creating Better Assessments

Join Gradescope next Tuesday, April 26, to hear from instructors who are using Gradescope to transform the assessment process by speeding up grading workflows and enabling quality feedback for students.

You can join any or all of the sessions, or you can subscribe to get the link to the recordings and watch them at your convenience. Below is a list of sessions. register here.

Gradescope Summit 2022

The Gradescope team

10h-10h05

SESSION 1 | Panel discussion: what does effective evaluation look like today?

10am-10.50am

Adam Barger | Associate Director for Academic Innovation and Digital Learning | William & Mary College

Jennifer Balogh-Ghosh | Founder | Intelliphony

Join higher education experts to reflect on what effective assessment will look like in 2022. We’ll discuss the long-term changes underway in assessment and the role technology plays in providing more educational flexibility and empowering instructors to design exams that actually support student success.

SESSION 2 | Gradescope in language programs: new perspectives for language assessments

10h50-11h20

Stephanie Gaillard | Lecturer and course director, French | brown university

Alicia Munoz Sanchez | Academic Coordinator, Spanish | University of California, San Diego

Learn how two college language programs implemented Gradescope to balance content (student comprehension) and accuracy (linguistic fluency) when grading. Learn how to adapt grading criteria and question types in light of student learning progress. Through this collaborative assessment method, explore the effectiveness of Gradescope in maintaining the validity, reliability, and fairness of different stakeholders, as well as teachers’ perceptions of implementation.

SESSION 3 | Create effective headings to accelerate quality feedback

11:20-11:50 a.m.

Terri McKnight | Instructor, Mathematics | Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Melissa Reid | Head of Department, Mathematics | Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Scoring consistency is an extremely time-consuming challenge. How can we ensure fairness and consistency without adding more work? Join this session to learn how instructors at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College were able to create effective rubrics, provide quality feedback, and truly engage students. This streamlined approach has resulted in a drastic decrease in reclassification requests and is now used across the math department.

SESSION 4 | Strengthening the consistency of assessments in multi-section courses

11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Anne Dransfield DeLion | Course Coordinator, First Year Engineering | Purdue University

Using multiple markers can save time in multi-section courses, but it can also lead to grading consistency issues. It is becoming more and more difficult to ensure that the process is easy to follow for both veteran and novice students. In this session, learn how you can build consistency across multi-section courses and improve student learning outcomes by empowering all students to give quick, actionable feedback.

SESSION 5 | Fairer, Better, Faster, Stronger: How AI Can Increase Scoring Efficiency

12:20-12:50 p.m.

Julia Chamberlain | Teaching assistant professor, chemistry | University of California, Davis

Whitney Duim | Teaching assistant professor, chemistry | University of California, Davis

Fair assessment of student learning relies on clear objectives and rubrics, consistent grading practices, and timely feedback. Professors Julia Chamberlain and Whitney Duim from the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis will discuss their use of AI-assisted grading in Gradescope for large (400+) and “small” (50) classes. They will highlight their use of AI clustering for consistent and efficient grading by large teams of teaching assistants, and how Gradescope facilitates real-time “quality control” for these teams. They will also share how Gradescope has transformed their exam writing and administration practices, from creative question formats to more frequent assessments.

SESSION 6 | What scale? Maximize time in massive courses

12:50-1:20 p.m.

Rich Ross | Instructor, Statistics | University of Virginia

If you grade ten questions from each student in a class of 500 students, that’s five thousand grade items! While some questions don’t lend themselves well to automated grading, learn some strategies for using Gradescope to maximize instructor time efficiency. In particular, explore the use (or not) of reclassification requests, strategies for formative and summative assessment, and how to provide full feedback even with minimal assessment. This is all based on great pivots that Rich made while teaching a great introductory STEM (statistics) course at the University of Virginia.

SESSION 7 | Design flexible programming assignments to meet student needs

1:20 p.m.-1:50 p.m.

Jason Heman | Assistant Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences | Northeastern University

The programming homework experience in Gradescope is a game-changer for computer science courses. However, getting “operational” assignments can seem daunting. How could you write a Gradescope autograder in less common language? How could you design and automatically grade assignments for a classroom where students can program in the language of their choice? In this session, Northeastern’s Jason Hemann will share how he and his colleagues are using Gradescope programming assignments through automatic dimmers built with functional language and levelers that allow students to program in the language of their choice, and how these tools support student learning.

SESSION 8 | Networking session: discover the Gradescope community!

1:50 p.m.-2 p.m.

If you are not yet using Gradescope for grading assignments, this Gradescope User Summit can spark your creativity and motivation to start using this tool. You can also visit CATE’s page on Gradescope to learn more about Gradescope, access tutorials, recorded webinars, and instructions on how to get started. Or contact the staff of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence directly at [email protected]

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