The way a grade is assigned in a course influences the way students study which in turn influences their gain from the course.
I want to focus on ways to assign grades which aim to eventually increase the students' gain from the course (in contrast with grade assignment methods which try to single out the most talented students).
I'll start with the questions:
- What are such grade assignment methods?
- Are there texts/papers/other resources discussing this subject?
An answer should address issues such as: memorization vs. creativity, the temptation to get help from external sources while doing homework, spoonfeeding vs. self-learning, etc.
I will now give my own example of grade assignment components:
- Excercises which are graded regularly throught the semester
- Exercises for self-learning with a solutions manual provided
- Quizes during the semester
- Strictly technical questions in quizes/exams
- Questions in quizes/exams which mostly require to repeat what was taught in class
- Questions in quizes/exams which require some creativity
- Student presentations
- Practical assignments (programming/labs)
- Interviews (oral exams)
I believe all of the above may have a place in some courses with the specificed goal in mind and would like to get new ideas for grading components, for how to combine them, and to know whether any written work exists which tries to answer this question.
I am thinking mostly of courses aimed towards math and CS students and mostly about senior undergraduates, but I do not want to limit the question to these subjects and this level of students.