6 Ungrading Resources for Faculty

Middlebury College has been engaged in ungrading professional development events for faculty and staff for nearly a decade. In addition to single workshops, presentations, and pedagogical meetings through CTLR and STEM Pedagogy Group, the college formed a “Rethinking Grading” Community of Practice. To learn more, reach out to the CTLR.

Middlebury College-Specific Ungrading Resources:

Why Should We Change How We Grade?

  • Podcast about the negative effects of grades on well-being
  • The Case Against Grades   A general discussion of grades and grading, by Alfie Kohn, Educational Leadership, November 2011.
  • Graded on Looks  “Study finds that attractive female students earn higher grades than unattractive female students do. For male students, looks don’t seem to matter.” Article by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Education. Original study: Student Appearance and Academic Performance.
  • Yes Virginia, There’s a Better Way to Grade  “While we in higher education keep using it, our grading system is broken, argues Linda B. Nilson, and she offers some concrete ways to fix it.” 2016 article from Inside Higher Education.
  • Infographic of the student perspective of labor-based grading.

How to Start Ungrading:

Case Study for Shadow Grading (Wellesley College):