Rethinking Your Homework and Grading Paradigm

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Examine How You Can Rely Less on Homework Assignments for Grades

This course will examine common practices and value systems in homework, compare those with current research, and provide multiple avenues to help teachers reduce the time they, and their students, spend on homework, and to make sure that homework is a meaningful learning activity. Through a reduction in reliance on homework, teachers will learn to use more authentic formative and summative assessments of student learning, which ensures that student grades are a reflection of learned material.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grades 4-12)--veteran and beginning, who are looking for alternatives to heavy homework loads without compromising learning.

Course Materials: No textbook requirement

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X789Q – 007 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Rethinking Your Homework and Grading Paradigm

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Kevin Drury

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What You Will Learn

  • Develop an understanding of the effectiveness of traditional homework based on the most current research
  • Understand the cultural, socioeconomic, and academic inequities of traditional homework structures
  • Develop a broad array of options for reducing homework in their own classrooms and more authentic alternatives for grading
  • Explore a broader understanding of the institutional and parental dynamics that commonly affect homework policies
  • Create and implement an action plan integrating your learning into your classroom practice
  • Reflect upon the effects of your plan


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Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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