Student Agency & the Labor of Grading

Outreach: How can a critical approach to grading foster student agency and make grading a more meaningful, intentional process? This workshop will build on the ideas presented in the Towards Generative Assessment workshop and offer concrete practices to include students in the grading process in ways that offer multiple pathways for engagement and opportunities for self assessment. Attendees will learn how to make the labor associated with grading more purposeful and productive

This workshop was offered as part of the TLC’s 2023 Mid-Winter Institute.

This workshop took place via Zoom as an online, synchronous workshop during the Midwinter Institute on 1/23 between 2.00 and 3.30 pm. The workshop and materials were developed by Laurie Hurson and Pedro Cabello del Moral.


All materials on this page and in the linked google folder are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) 4.0 International Public License.

This folder contains Workshop Agenda and Slides.

Materials Folder:



Opening Free Write 

Grade Breakdown

  • Pedro: Example of Span 101 at Brooklyn College. Grade break down when we are using an expensive textbook.
  • Discussion Questions
    • What is the grade breakdown of your course? What’s flexible? What’s scaffold-able?
    • Think about schedule: How is the student work and grading labor dispersed throughout the course?
    • How do/can you create transparency around grades and grading?

Fostering Student Agency in Grading 


Managing Labor & Feedback


Short guides, Manifestos, Multimedia Essays

Grading Agreement

Ungrading & decentering grades