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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice

CTLT's Communities of Practice (CoP) provide connections and shared expertise for groups of individuals with common goals and similar challenges. Communities of Practice are distinguished by three characteristics. Members (1) share a domain of interest, (2) engage in activities and discussions to share information and develop relationships, and (3) develop a repertoire of resources, experiences, tools and methods to enhance their practice. Membership requires only active participation and constructive contributions to the community. Regular gatherings are informal and lightly facilitated to offer opportunities for connecting with others and learning to become a better practitioner.

Grading For Equity Community of Practice

AY 2023-24

Reconsidering and refining course grading practices powerfully complements many other equitable and inclusive teaching practices faculty implement, contributing to progress on campus goals for all students to succeed. 

This Community of Practice (CoP) will start up again in Fall 2023 and invites faculty who are dissatisfied with traditional grading practices to learn new ways to conceptualize and use equity-driven grading practices. Many current members have participated in one or more of the CTLT's related book circles: Grading For Equity, by Joe Feldman, Life Beyond Grades, by Covington, van Hoene and Voge, and/or Grading for Growth, by David Clark and Robert Talbert. 

The CoPs primary source book is Grading for Equity, by Joe Feldman, which is available for free through Kennedy Library (Download book from the Kennedy Library website). The book examines the origins and shortcomings of traditional grading practices and provides extensive guidance for grading practices that are more accurate, more motivating and more equitable.

With that shared foundation, CoP members who are inspired to implement some of the recommended equitable grading practices have a community for mutual mentoring, encouragement, and support. Meetings typically occur 1-2 times a quarter throughout the academic year as a complement to ongoing interactions online.

If you're interested in learning more, contact Dr. Patrick O'Sullivan, CTLT director (posulliv at calpoly.edu).

If you're interested in joining the CoP (which means adding you to CoP emails and accessing the CoP's Canvas site for resources and support), complete this form:


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