Design Museum Mornings: Remaking the Grade


January 31, 2020
1/31/20 8:30 am - 1/31/20 10:00 am


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The understanding between teachers and students has traditionally been a one-way street: teachers assign work and students complete it according to a standardized rubric of conditions. But what happens when the conversation changes and students are encouraged to participate in the conversation regarding what constitutes satisfactory performance?

This is the premise behind grading contracts, a redesigned educational experience between teachers and students that promotes dialog and collaboration over a rote syllabus of expectations and assignments. Through this lens, instructors are able to cast off many ingrained—and often invisible—biases surrounding language, rhetoric, and understanding.

Communications Professor Erin Briddick will lead us in a discussion surrounding grading contracts and their impact on equitable assessment, relationship design between teachers and students, and decolonization in the classroom. Erin’s empathy-focused implementation of these ideas explores the experiences of students tasked with designing their own education and the benefits of this innovative, collaborative process.


About the Speaker

Erin Briddick began teaching communication courses in 2007, and enjoys bringing performance-based activities into the classroom. A native Chicagoan and Communications Professor at Portland Community College, Erin received her B.S. and M.S. in Speech Communication, with an emphasis on Performance Studies, from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is currently ABD in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erin brings an awareness of social justice, power dynamics, inclusion and diversity, and multiple modes of instruction to the classroom. In her free time, Erin works on her dissertation on ambulatory performance and activism, rock climbs, paraglides, and practices archery.


$15 tickets in advance, $20 at the door. This is a cash-free event. Doors open at 8:30 am, presentation begins at 9:00 am. Breakfast will be served.

What is Design Museum mornings?

Design Museum Mornings is a monthly event series brought to you by Design Museum Portland. These events are meant to inspire you before your day begins and bring you closer to the Design Museum Portland community. Each event will include a short presentation by a local thought-leader, free breakfast, and great people to wake up with. These events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Portland area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.

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