Contemplating Class Participation

An op-ed by a student in the Sept. 22 2016 issue (Vol CXLIV, issue 5) of the campus paper, the Kenyon Collegian, got us thinking about the role of class participation in our teaching and assessing. How can we include students who don't see verbal communication as their strong suit, who are introverted, nervous or shy, in an idea of "participation?" Does participation priviledge extroverted students rather than engaged students?

Hell's Bells! Not that question again! (and formulas for assigning grades)

During any given week at least half a dozen ideas for excellent blog topics flash through my mind, and that is generally the end of the matter right there.  Recently I came across a post on someone else's blog that was so good and so similar to my own thoughts on the subject that I decided I had to do something.  So I stole it.  No!  I am just "borrowing" the most relevant portions for this entry.

How to Curve an Exam and Assign Grades from Division by Zero

We have all given exams where the grades end up lower than we hoped. A curve is in order. How do we do it?

In this post I share my thoughts on when you should (or should not) curve an exam. I give ten sample curving techniques, including pros and cons of each, I explain how to convert grades into letter grades, and I end with three concrete examples.

Upload multiple feedback files

If you provide feedback on your student's assignment submissions by marking up their documents, you can upload all of those files at once as feedback files. 

    Download All Student Submissions to an Assignment

    In addition to viewing assignment submissions online or downloading them one at a time, you can download all submissions at once as a zip file. 

    1. On the course page, click on the name of the Assignment activity. The Assignment page will open showing a description of the activity and a summary of submissions.
    2. Click the “View/grade all submissions” link.
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