During the Efficient, Effective and Edifying Grading simulcast, we asked attendees to participate in three concurrent chat sessions.

During the first chat session, attendees responded to the following question:

How do you think knowing the program outcomes related to the courses you teach would impact what you do in class with regard to grading?"

Following are excerpts of what they had to say.

Grading Chat: Program Outcomes

Knowing program outcomes enables me to offer feedback specifically related to defined goals.

It helps maintain the focus of the course and grading without unrealistic expectations.

Knowing the program outcomes would guide me to assure the student is meeting the requirements and comprehending the task at hand.

Sometimes when you're an adjunct, you are only aware of what's going on with the class you regularly teach.  It's nice to have a connection with the entire program.

Knowing the program outcomes provides a clear basis of the overall goal of the program. It will give me a comprehensive view of the program.I almost think that undergraduates need course outcomes more than our grad students since our undergrads (and especially Associates) are less familiar with the path of an educational journey.

Student Engagement

I am not finding as strong a correlation to entitlement with age as I thought.  Both young and old ends of the adult market seem to have it, which is a surprise. It might be more in the younger, but it is not absent in the older.

There is a wide range of student engagement. Some do the absolute minimum while others read everything very carefully.  I had a professor once who said he would buy an entire class pizza if no one in the class ever asked a question that could be answered by consulting the syllabus. In 15 years of teaching, he never bought any pizza.

Question: Now it's your turn.  How do you think knowing the program outcomes related to the courses you teach would impact what you do in class with regard to grading?  Please leave a comment below.

Presenter: Bart Bruehler / Associate Professor of New Testament, School of Service and Leadership

Broadcast: October 17, 2015

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