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Oct 3 2023

Communicating Expectations and Grading Criteria to Improve Grading Equity (Part I)

Teaching Tidbits Workshop Fall 2023

October 3, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Virtual Event

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What are some ways you can communicate assessment expectations more effectively? How can you provide qualitative feedback to students? How do you ensure the validity and reliability of your assessments and grading practices?

In this interactive online workshop, we will discuss how you can communicate expectations and provide qualitative feedback to students by implementing rubrics and checklists. We will also discuss how the rubrics and checklists development process can improve the validity and reliability of your assessments and grading practices. You will leave this workshop with strategies to develop and implement rubrics and checklists to improve student outcomes.

After participating in this online workshop, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the elements in a rubric.
  • Differentiate between the types of rubrics.
  • Identify the grading criteria in an assessment.
  • Describe grading criteria at different performance levels.
  • Explain the steps in designing a rubric.
  • Discuss how grading criteria and rubrics improve the reliability and validity of assessments

WORKSHOP FORMAT: This workshop will be online on Zoom.

EVENT LEAD: Nicole Messier,



Inclusivity & Accessibility Information:  UIC is committed to full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of university life. CATE’s online events are delivered through Zoom and may include breakout rooms and group discussion. CATE’s in-person events typically involve a combination of presentation and discussion-based activities. We welcome ASL interpreters, note-takers, and accompanying assistants to all CATE events. If you have questions about access, such as parking or building layouts, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, such as real-time captioning (CART), ASL services, or obtaining event materials in alternative formats, please contact the event lead.




Nicole Messier

Date posted

Aug 9, 2023

Date updated

Aug 9, 2023