New England Faculty Development Consortium

Upcoming Conferences

NEFDC Conference

Learning Assessment, Evaluation & Grading: Are we doing Justice?

Register for the Spring 2022 Conference by Wed 5/18/2022 @ 5PM 

Conference Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 8:45AM – 4:00PM
Location: Virtual, prior to the event, you will receive a link to a Canvas site with conference materials and Zoom link

Registration Costs:

  • $60 (non-members)
  • $40 members
  • $30 presenters
  • $0 for students

Keynote Address – Assessing for Learning, Learning for Assessing: How to Foster Authentic and Meaningful Learning

Susan D. Blum, PhD

Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame 

Dr. Susan Blum, Professor of  Anthropology at Notre Dame University and author of “I Love Learning; I Hate School”: An Anthropology of College (Cornell University Press, 2016) and editor of Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) (West Virginia University Press, 2020) will be this year’s keynote speaker.

A lot of familiar practices in higher education look as if they are immutable, but in recent years pedagogues have been questioning some of them. One of these is the centrality of grading. In this keynote workshop Dr. Susan D. Blum presents some of the reasons why increasing numbers of faculty at all levels are questioning conventional grading practices and instead implementing practices that fall under the larger umbrella of “ungrading.” Ungrading – moving the focus from grades to learning – contributes to authentic, joyful, learning and to the equitable practices that many faculty wish to see in our institutions.


Conference Overview

8:30am Open Conference
8:45 Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00 Keynote Address: Assessing for Learning, Learning for Assessing: How to Foster Authentic and Meaningful Learning
Dr. Susan Blum, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
10:20 Break
10:30 Panel Discussion: Thinking Outside the Box – Experiments with Grading Alternatives (Facilitator: Dr. Susan Blum and panelists Dr. Amy Hirschfield, Tufts University, Dr. Bethany Lisi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Dr. Ayanna Thomas, Tufts University)
11:45 Lunch
12:10pm Welcome Back
12:15 Poster Sessions
12:45 Concurrent Session 1 (6 interactive sessions)
2:00 Concurrent Session 2 (6 interactive sessions)
3:10  Tufts Teaching with Technology Awards & Closing

*Detailed schedule forthcoming

​​This conference is supported by a grant received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.