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Update in the Great Migration Discussion

TL;DR -- If you're coming in late to this discussion, Google announced that they are shutting down Google+ in August 2019. So we need to find another home for this community (because disbanding would be sad).

The most common options floated so far:
- Discord -- Used mostly for video game chat, but finding wider adoption elsewhere. We've set up a trial Discord server for the group here: This link will not expire.
- Slack -- Used for group communications mostly in professional settings. We've set up a trial Slack workspace for the group here: This link will expire in 4 weeks (it's possible to set it to "never expire" I just don't know how yet).
- Facebook groups
- Google Groups

I encourage you all to take 20 minutes and spend 10 minutes on each of these sites, ask questions and interact with people, and evaluate the experience.

I wanted to present some new options I thought of just now:
- Discourse (not to be confused with Discord): Often used by tech companies as a platform for user discussion forums for their products. Pros: It's very clean, easy to read and requires no login to view the discussions. Cons: Very expensive, $100/month for the basic plan. It's possible to self-host for less, but would still be pricey.
- Reddit: If you don't know reddit, it's a little hard to explain, but it's an open discussion forum with "subreddits" for literally every topic under the sun. We could create a subreddit, /r/MasteryGrading. Pros: It's free, open, no login required and easy to stumble across. Cons: It's reddit; also no native file storage or searching.
- Stack Exchange Mostly a Q&A site for technical issues, there are also some SE sites that cater to specific subjects (including math education) -- we could petition to start up a Mastery Grading site. Pros: Good software, free, well known and respected, no login required to view. Cons: You have to go through an approval process and Mastery Grading might be too niche.


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I just learned that Google is going to be shutting down Google+ over the next nine months. See the link below for the details.

Obviously I don't think this means the end of the community we have here. We just need to think about a good place to migrate. I mentioned Slack in my last post -- I swear I had no insider information about the G+ shutdown -- but there might be other options. Can we as a community discuss what we'd like to do? I think once we have a consensus, we should just go ahead and make the migration rather than wait until August.

Some options that come to mind are:
- Slack
- Facebook (<- I am not a fan of FB but this isn't my call)
- Google Groups

What am I missing, and what are the relative merits/demerits of the ones you are familiar with?

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OK folks, I have set up two workspaces for us to play around with as we think about where to migrate.



The Slack invite link is good for 30 days. I think the Discord server link is good for 7 days but I can't remember what I did. Both Discord and Slack can generate invite links that last forever so those links can be posted and shared with others.

Get into both of these spaces and kick the tires, and see if there's either one you prefer.

I have much more experience with Slack than Discord, so I am trying all this out alongside you. Share your thoughts either here, or at the other sites. Or both.

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Hi all,

This is a quick reminder that the the deadline for submissions to the PRIMUS Special Issue on Implementing Mastery Grading in the Undergraduate Mathematics Classroom is 1 week away -- Monday October 15th.

You can find more information at:

If you're planning to submit a paper -- great!
If you've already submitted -- awesome!
If you're not planning to submit -- would you be interested in refereeing papers? Please contact me if you're interested.

Random thought I'd like to hear others' opinions on: Would this community be better if we did it on Slack instead of Google+?

Hi all. We're starting to have conversations at Allegheny about switching to a new learning management system (we currently use Sakai) and I'd like to ask for your help in generating reasons why we should do this! I have two questions:
1. Which learning management system do you use and is it a good choice for faculty who use standards-based grading?
2. If it is a good choice, what are the pros and cons of using that particular system?

I know there are some earlier threads about this topic and I will look through all of those to see what info I can gather. Any responses here would also be greatly appreciated. I'm going to be attending a meeting of our Academic Support Committee next Thursday (Oct 11) and I hope to be able to share what I've learned then. Thanks!!

Just learning about Specs Grading. Anyone out there doing Finance or other business or agribusiness topics? I teach an advanced Ag finance course (basically, Corporate Finance) and another course in futures and options markets for ag commodities. Any help?

Hello all!

We are finalizing our session at the Joint Meetings in Baltimore entitled "Standards-based Grading: Tools and Tips for Successful Implementation."

The session will start with a broad overview and a comparison to traditional grading, and follow with information and resources to guide effective course design that clearly states the goals for learning and rewards long-term performance while discouraging temporary memorization.

We are looking for professors and instructors experienced with mastery grading who are willing to present in smaller group discussions, which will cover such assessment for a variety of courses, big and small, from precalculus to proof-based courses.

We already have a few people from the SBSG group signed up and we'd love to get a few more. If you're planning on being at JMM already, let us know if you'd like to join our session!


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Here is a new blog post about my calculus syllabus for the fall. I've made several changes from the last time I taught the course, with the twin goals of clarifying expectations and streamlining assessment. That means more of this is untested than usual, so I plan to share updates later in the semester about how things are going.

ICYMI, I've recently written two blog posts about #MasteryGrading (and #SBG) following my trip to #MAAthfest last month, and a third post about my #SBG implementation for Fall 2018. Here they are:

1. contains information about the two presentations I gave, along with links to my slides.

2. contains 16 take-aways when I look back on my trip and includes one-sentence summaries from fourteen different #MasteryGrading presentations (many given by folks in this community!)

3. talks about my implementations of standards-based grading in "College Algebra" and "Pre-Calculus", currently underway.
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