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CTTL Faculty Repository: Contract Grading

Tutorials, articles, and professional development artifacts for faculty

Strategies for Alternative Assessment and Grading

Contract Grading Examples

Mastery Grading Canvas Tutorial (video)

Ungrading Resources shared from David S. Buck

Alternative / Mastery-Based Grading Resources

💥 Excellent “Alternative Grading” handout from Drew Lewis (@siwelwerd

Using MBL Principles in Writing & Literature Courses

Motivating Students: Key Factors

Single-Point Rubric

Labor-Based Grading

Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom—Asao B. Inoue

Student LBG Reflections

A Unilateral Grading Contract to Improve Learning and Teaching [co-written with Jane Danielewicz]—Peter Elbow

Specifications Grading

Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time—Linda B. Nilson


▶ A comprehensive Ungrading Reading List (I believe this is from @meganvonbergen)

Wad-Ja-Get? The Grading Game in American Education—Howard Kirschenbaum, Rodney Napier, and Sidney B. Simon; With a new introduction by Professor Barry Fishman

Punished by Rewards—Alfie Kohn (plus “The Case against Grades”)

Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School—Starr Sackstein

Grading for Equity—Joe Feldman

UNgrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What To Do Instead)—Susan D. Blum, Editor

▶ The #UngradingSlowChat (June-December 2020)

▶ The #Ungrading Virtual Book Club (December 2020-June 2021)

▶ The #Ungrading Edcamp (November 4-6, 2021)

▶ The Let’s Talk! #Ungrading Twitter Spaces convos (December 2021-current)

Crowdsourcing Ungrading (open, CC-licensed text, with contributions from #ungrading folks)

Ungrading: A Road to Equity (my default presentation)

Questions about ENGL-121 (my *liquid* syllabus in which I introduce my ungrading assessment to students)

Labor Support Group [Template] (student groups of 5-6 members)

Charter for Compassion 

▶ Coming soon (I hope!). . . an open, CC-licensed children’s book— 

Gone Goes the Grade Bunch: An ungrading book for kids who see learning for what it is!



▶ From Jesse Stommel



▶ My Labor-Reflex Model


How to do Contract Grading in Canvas