Aimee Edinger joined UCI in 2005 after completing a PhD in Virology, veterinary training (VMD), and a postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Professor Edinger has taught several of UCI’s undergraduate and graduate core courses and is actively engaged in the development of an Honors curriculum focused on critical analysis of primary research data and intellectual risk-taking. Dr. Edinger’s efforts to support UCI’s teaching mission have been recognized by the 2021 De Gallow UCI Professor of the Year award, a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and a Golden Apple teaching award from the School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Edinger has served as the Equity Advisor for the School since 2016. In this role, she works with School leadership to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Working Towards Mastery Grading In An Intro Biology Course
While I was excited to convert Bio93 Honors course to specifications grading (P/F assessment of achievement of bundled learning objectives with opportunities for students to revise and resubmit their work), when it came time to flesh out the practical details of how this would work, it proved to be like pounding a square peg into a round hole. Moreover, most of the modifications I was contemplating would have dramatically increased my workload. After speaking with my TEA mentor, I decided to focus my redesign on my exams and shift to mastery grading. I will share how I implemented mastery grading and my impression of its success achieving the overall goals of specs grading.