Spring 2024 MECA
Continuing Education Courses
Beyond Measure: “UnGrading” Your Music Classroom
Our traditional system of grading in education is fraught with bias and leans heavily on extrinsic motivation tactics. Traditional grading is usually light on description and heavy on comparison. Rarely does a single letter or number convey the complexities that it is meant to summarize. Our traditional use and understanding of assessment and grading in education need to shift from comparisons & labels to self-assessment & growth.
This course will examine the history, use, and purpose of assessment and grading. We will look at research and reflect on our own methodologies thinking deeply about equity, effectiveness, and our own grading practices. We will imagine and construct new assessment methods that serve the most important people in the room – the students. Please join us for a course that will dismantle some historically bad practices regarding grading and replace them with equitable ideas that will transform not only the way you teach but also the relationships you have with your students.
Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)
Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.
The evening before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login.
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com
Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.
Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion. If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).