Why I Don't Grade with Jesse Stommel - Season 1 Episode 2


This episode features an interview with Jesse Stommel, Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington. He is Co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. In addition to his focus on digital and critical pedagogy, Jesse has been a gradeless educator for his entire career, as he recounts in his blog post "Why I Don't Grade."

Topics include:

  • Why grades are "the biggest and most insidious obstacle to education”

  • How de-emphasizing grades coincides with a pedagogy of equity and social justice

  • Why a gradeless space will not automatically be an equitable one

  • How seemingly neutral platforms can flatten differences and influence pedagogies

  • How we need to think about going gradeless in order it to be liberatory, transformative, an act of resistance