Setting Clear and High Expectations with Specifications Grading

Monday, August 16, 2021
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM


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The webinar starts at 9:00 a.m. and we kindly request participants to enter the webinar at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 9:05 a.m. 


Setting Clear and High Expectations with Specifications Grading is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


Do you hate grading? Are unsure that your assessments are accurately demonstrating student mastery of your learning outcomes? Try a new approach to your course design and grading criteria! Specifications grading is a framework to simplify grading and put the focus back on learning by setting explicit and challenging criteria for students to achieve their best.

In this webinar we will describe the specifications grading framework, benefits, and primary elements, along with some examples at the course level. We will then practice creating specifications for your own assessments. Feel free to bring your syllabus or an assignment you would like to improve!


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Casey Carroll
Instructional Designer
Center for Teaching Excellence

Casey Carroll is an instructional designer with the Center for Teaching Excellence at USC. Carroll works with all who teach to support the creation of innovative and accessible courses and the continued development of teaching skills. He also works with instructors teaching online to help with course design and learning technologies. Prior to joining CTE, Carroll designed curriculum for professional training and leadership development. He has also taught First-Year English and English as a Second Language at the University of South Carolina. Carroll holds a master’s degree in linguistics from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and psychology from Pacific Lutheran University.