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CANCELED: CEILS Scientific Teaching Seminar Series on Grading Practices Part I

March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

CANCELED: Rethinking Grading: Designing grading practices to promote intrinsic motivation, equity, and rigor in our courses

We are currently looking to reschedule Dr. Voge’s talk for Fall 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience and will notify those who already RSVP’ed once the talk has been scheduled.


Please consider attending the second event in this series, scheduled for April 17th with Dr. David Laude from the University of Texas, Austin. For more information, view the event website here.


Speaker: Dominic (Nic) J. Voge
Senior Associate Director, McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning
Princeton University


ABSTRACT: Grades are powerful motivators for students. They are so powerful they can eclipse other intrinsic motivations such as interest, improvement, and a love of learning which instructors highly value. How can we, as instructors, marshal grading practices that account for their powerful, double-edged effects while furthering our objectives of inspiring an appreciation for our disciplines, assigning grades equitably, and maintaining rigor? This talk introduces a motivational framework for thinking about students’ engagement in our courses and guides instructors through a process of designing grading systems that realize their multiple aims.


BIO: Dominic (Nic) Voge, co-author of Life Beyond Grades: Designing College Course to Promote Intrinsic Motivation (Cambridge University Press, 2017), is Senior Associate Director of Princeton University’s McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. For nearly 20 years, first at UC Berkeley and now at Princeton, Nic has directed learning support programs for undergraduate and graduate students while also conducting faculty pedagogical training on those campuses and around the country. He has also designed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in UC Berkeley’s Psychology Department and Graduate School of Education on learning, motivation, and course design, and is currently developing an open access on-line course on overcoming procrastination which builds on his TEDx talk. Nic is co-founder of the Princeton Perspective ProjectPrincipedia, and the Academic Resilience Consortium (formerly The Resilience Consortium).



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