Thursday, 16 June 2005

Reducing grade grubbing

Michelle Dion offers some sound advice to those instructors who want to reduce student lobbying for grade changes, inspired partially by this WaPo op-ed from earlier in the month.

I think a well-defined, clear grading policy is key; while I don’t do everything Michelle does (I don’t have enough time in my life to track attendance, and anonymous grading is unlikely to work in small classes anyway—even if I had the TA support to do it), I always make it clear at the outset what assignments are worth. It doesn’t eliminate the complaints, and sometimes I do make clerical errors that would lead to legitimate complaints anyway, but it does reduce them somewhat.

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[Permalink] 1. Orson Swindle wrote @ Tue, 21 Jun 2005, 11:03 am CDT:

We know of Profesora Dion-someone should give her sound advice on how to lecture, Chris. Don’t ask how we know this.

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