Michal Paul is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Tallahassee Community College and a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy and Program Evaluation at Florida State University. She researches the relationship between student success in STEMM gateway courses and educational outcomes with a focus on equity and access for students from a wide range of academic and social backgrounds. She has mor than 15 years of experience teaching mathematics and AVIDS at the secondary and post-secondary level. In 2015 she was recognized with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Michal believes “math” should be everyone’s favorite four-letter word.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced faculty, staff, and students to engage with online learning, which has continued to have a lasting impact on higher education. Online and hybrid learning has continued to increase in popularity, even after the transition to online learning during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the increase of learners online, factors such as access, equity, and fair grading practices continue to be a major topic of discussion within the field. Many faculty members might perceive their grading practices to be fair, yet those practices can often times unintentionally reinforce achievement gaps amongst students. Fair grading practices in online learning could provide students with a level playing field in an educational environment.
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