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Educators Summit Session: Abolish Points: Using Specifications Grading in Game Courses


Many courses grade with point-based rubrics. But is this the best way? Point systems have high grading overhead and encourage students to care about their points more than anything else. This talk introduces an alternative grading system called "Specifications Grading" (proposed originally by Nilson). Learn how the speaker successfully adapted and implemented this entirely different grading system in his game courses. Since switching to this system, students report that they receive more meaningful feedback and are incentivized by the grading system to iterate on and improve their work. At the same time, the quality of student's work has demonstrably improved. Once you switch, you'll want to give up points forever.

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  • Game Developers Conference 2022
  • Sanjay Madhav
  • University of Southern California
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  • Educators Summit
  • Game Career / Education