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ANNOUNCEMENT: Change to weekly assignment grading configuration #5

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susanBuck opened this issue Feb 7, 2020 · 2 comments
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Change to weekly assignment grading configuration #5

susanBuck opened this issue Feb 7, 2020 · 2 comments

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@susanBuck susanBuck commented Feb 7, 2020

Hi everyone,

I'm writing to announce a change in how weekly assignments are configured (starting in Week 2).

In past semesters, I had it configured so you could submit an assignment multiple times but it was always your latest submission that was the recorded grade. This allowed students the opportunity to preview an assignment early in the week.

This configuration was occasionally problematic because students would sometimes accidentally open the assignment after they had made their "final" attempt, and it triggered a new submission they did not intend to make.

I thought the best way around this was to configure the assignments so that your highest score was the one that was recorded. That way, if you inadvertently opened the assignment, you could submit it with no answers, knowing the 0 score would be disregarded.

What I naively failed to think about is how students could game this configuration - if a student is unsure of an answer to a question, they could just submit the assignment multiple times with each potential answer selected, and then let the highest scoring assignment "win." This technique might boost one's grade, but it hinders my ability to see what concepts students are struggling with and assign grades that honestly reflect each student's performance/understanding.

Because of this, starting with the Week 2 assignment and moving forward, it will always be your latest attempt that will be recorded. You will still be allowed to make multiple attempts so that you can review the assignment early in the week.

-Susan

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@janenycxo janenycxo commented Feb 7, 2020

Thanks Susan for clarifying. Tip: print the quizzes so you have a hard copy to work on.

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@budostylz budostylz commented Feb 15, 2020

Thanks for the update Susan.

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