Discussion: Grades are a product produced by educators; who are the consumers? I generally get a subset of the following list, and sometimes I fill in missing parts
smart-personclubs and awards
Discussion: Why does each consumer care about grades? What do they want the grades to be?
it’s not just intelligence/skill/knowledge/other-ta-suggest-term: most want the well-rounded educated people that a liberal arts education is supposed to create. We’ll look more into what that means shortly.)
If we were omniscient, what would grades be?
What do we value?
– Arnold PearsLearn the skillsshould be synonymous withPass the course
understanding of materialor does saying
knowimply other aspects too?
which consumers value what?
we want smart graduatesnot any particular skill or knowledge.
Example: draw something like the following, picking topics from a course at your school and using numbers that match your school’s typical points-to-letters scale.
Explain: suppose, for the sake of argument, that course’s content is divided evenly into four topics, each equally important, and that we grade at a granularity where we have an individual grade for each part.
Question: What grade should special student get? (typically I get a mix of
F, and prompt/lead students to the following)
earned a C in prerequisite coursedoes not mean
has C-level knowlege of prerequisites
minimum of grades per topic
you got a 40% on quiz 18, so you fail the course
Aside: the motivational impact of grade presentation
I don’t usually have time for this, but the conversation is interesting when I do. I sometimes combine it with a separate session on engagement.
I present three hypothetical grade interfaces
And we discuss the motivational impact of each
truth– and hence inevitability, or being pigeonholed
you could still earn an A!)
Can combine them all
0 D C B A 100 [==================== * ======] gained so-far missed
What is the message of such a unified presentation?
How do each of these change if we add
but my friend had the same answer and got more points!
I was just following the rubric)
does not compilepenalty)