CAT Fall Book Discussion: Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)

The moment is right for critical reflection on what has been assumed to be a core part of schooling. In Ungrading (Blum, 2020), fifteen educators write about their diverse experiences going gradeless. Some contributors are new to the practice and some have been engaging in it for decades. Some are in humanities and social sciences, some in STEM fields. Some are in higher education, but some are the K–12 pioneers who led the way. Based on rigorous and replicated research, this is the first book to show why and how faculty who wish to focus on learning, rather than sorting or judging, might proceed. It includes honest reflection on what makes ungrading challenging, and testimonials about what makes it transformative. Let’s meet and discuss the potential for ungrading in our own courses.

This book group will meet three times this semester (10/5, 10/19, x & 11/2) from 12:30-1:30 in ZSR 665 (Faculty Commons Classroom inside the Faculty Commons space in ZSR Wilson Wing). We will provide the book and lunch for the first 12 registrants. These discussions are very popular so we ask that you register only if you are available to attend all sessions.

Register for the Ungrading book discussion here

Tuesday, October 19 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

More dates through November 2, 2021

ZSR Library, 665 (Faculty Commons Classroom)


Academic Centers / Institutes, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Target Audience

Faculty, Staff


Contact name

Kristi Verbeke

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