Debbie McVitty finds out what it takes to make assessment change happen and Vikki Hill speaks about pass/fail grading.
“Our hope is to change assessment to reduce harm to students. We’re looking at grading: what it is, and what it does, and asking staff and students to question that. In the fishbowl it’s hard to see outside, but the idea of grading creates competitive environments that are not real or replicable in terms of students going out into the world or industry. The symbolic power of grades is incredibly powerful but incredibly problematic as well – we need to ask how these beliefs about the necessity of grades affect our learning and teaching and our policy.”
Vikki Hill, educational developer, University of the Arts, London
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