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Standards-Based Specifications Grading in a Hybrid Course

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Mechanical Engineering Division Technical Session 8

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Mechanical Engineering

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Julie Mendez Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus

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Julie Mendez is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Mechanical Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. Her interests include active learning, online course development, and standards-based grading.

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Standards-based grading is being used increasingly in engineering courses in place of a traditional points-based grading system. Benefits of standards-based grading include clearly matching course assessments to the learning objectives and putting more focus on learning instead of grades. In specifications grading, students are given detailed requirements with all assignments, which are graded pass/fail. The course grade is based on the number of assignments successfully completed. As more undergraduate courses are offered in online or hybrid formats, there is little documentation of the use of standards-based grading or specifications grading in these course delivery methods in engineering. This work describes the implementation of standards-based specifications grading (SBSG) in a hybrid (approximately 80% online) undergraduate thermodynamics course.

Mendez, J. (2018, June), Standards-Based Specifications Grading in a Hybrid Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30982

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