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Beyond Grading

Beyond Grading is our symposium and strategy series on assessment for learning at McGill. By providing a platform for instructors to share and discuss their assessment strategies with each other, we aim to encourage effective, thoughtful, and creative assessment practices that put student learning first.


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View highlights from past events

Beyond Grading 2023: Navigating new horizons in assessment

On December 7, 2023, we held a half-day in-person symposium to bring McGill instructors together and talk about top-of-mind issues related to assessment.

> View a gallery of images from the symposium.

Panel - Assessment and learning: Perspectives from two sides

Students with “dual roles” (as teaching assistants, student partners, etc.) discussed their thoughts on how assessments can help students learn.

four students sitting behind a table with a red McGill tablecloth. The fourth is speaking into a microphone."There’s nothing stopping you from telling students what a high-quality submission is – don’t hide the rubric!” – Katrina Poulin, graduate student, teaching assistant.


Panelists (left to right): Claudia Flynn, Rowina Debalkew, Catarina Rodrigues, Katrina Poulin. Participating remotely: Nathanael Rafinejad

Strategy exchange

Over 30 assessment strategies were shared by McGill instructors over three rounds. Download the program (PDF) to see a list of strategies and presenting instructors.

Coming soon: Access (audio and/or text) resources with a description and guidance for implementing the assessment strategy in your course.

two people presenting with a laptopFormative assessment of affective learning outcomes - Emily Sprowls, Stephanie Leite, Midhat Noor Kiyani, Faculty of Education


Photography by Genevieve Quinn.

Beyond Grading 2023: Assessment in the age of AI (online panel)

On November 22, 2023, we held a thought-provoking online panel discussion about the rapidly evolving world of generative AI, joined by panelists from across the McGill community who brought a diverse range of perspectives on these issues.


  • Dr. Emma Harden-Wolfson, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), Faculty of Education, and former Head of Research and Foresight at UNESCO IESALC
  • Serena Elzein, Co-VP for Community Engagement, McGill’s AI Society
  • Amanda Wheatley, Associate Librarian and Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the McGill Libraries
  • Adam Finkelstein, Associate Director, Learning Environments, Teaching and Learning Services

> Watch the video.

> Access related resources.

2018: Effective assessment strategies for better learning

On December 7, 2018, we held a 1-day symposium where we engaged instructors in learning about creative and effective assessment strategies to help inform their teaching practices and improve students’ learning.

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> Download the 2018 symposium report.

> Read a summary blog article about the event.

> Find strategies presented at the 2018 symposium.


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