How Evaluation Can Aid Student Learning

Assuming that specific criteria are used when grading, then evaluating student work can:

• Encourage a link between course goals and assignments.

• Become a part of the motivational structure of the classroom

• Encourage a professional attitude towards learning.

• Provide diagnostic information to both teacher and students, by clarifying exactly what the student is or is not being rewarded for

• Reduce the number of questions students might have about where their grades came from

• Be a low-hostility approach to discussions about grades, and can enhance/guide dialogue among students and faculty about their work.

Conversely, NOT using specific criteria for evaluation can prevent some, if not all, of the above from happening.

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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