Regarding to a course for undergraduates (especially in computer science, but i would love to hear opinions from others too):
Is it okay to assign free marks for assignments? Meaning, the students who submitted the assignments will be assigned full marks.
If yes, in total how much percentage of free marks you assign from the overall 100% of the course? Is 30-40% too much? How many assignments do you give?
This is because, students tend to discuss or copy paste the assignments from friends. And I don't want them to do that because of fear of losing marks. When I say I don't deduct marks for a particular exercise, I see that some students are willing to take the challenge and be creative with their answers, although their answers sometimes are wrong. I believe that people learn from mistakes.
But people might question me if I just give them full marks for 30~40% from the overall course marks. I couldn't measure whether I am too lenient, unbelievable, too dumb, etc, because of lack of experience.
So please, any opinion would be appreciated.