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How does the choice of grading scale (such as A = 90+, B=80-90, etc.) affect an undergraduate program?

I am a math professor at a mid-tier state university in the US. Most classes here, including math classes, use either a ten-point scale (A = 90+, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, F=0-59) or something close ...
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Best tool for digitally marking assignments? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good piece of software for marking digital (PDF) assignments. Specifically, I am marking a first-year mathematics course, and need to do the following for ...
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Ethics of trying to trick/sabotage students into failure [closed]

Once in a while, I will hear stories (usually of the "friend of a friend" type) about some bold instructor who took some specific action in order to entrap or trick their students into poor academic (...
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Who set the rules for testing strategies in exams?

In a reading exam, we have a passage and questions are asked about the passage. They can be open questions, multiple choice questions, concept-check questions, and so on. In a vocabulary exam, ...
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In the absense of writing experience in my target field, how do I find assignments and evaluate them?

A while ago I posted a question wondering if a CS major would be accepted into a Political Science MSc programme and it turned out possible. I am starting next October. My goal is now to get into an ...
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Unfair Peer Assessment on a Group Project

I have just completed a 13 week group project on an undergraduate Electronic Engineering degree at a UK university. I am already an Electronic Engineer by trade and have been for 5 years since ...
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Recommended course weight for online quizzes outside of class

In many of my classes (mainly with undergraduate students), I begin every class session with a reading quiz, that is, a short, simple multiple-choice quiz on their assigned reading, to make sure that ...
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Does examiner's own PhD outcome influence decision?

PhD examination outcomes, depending on country/university, may include unconditional pass, pass subject to minor or major corrections, and resubmission among others. Is there any evidence or ...
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How would you give your students a tournament as assessment?

I am currently teaching calculus and I thought it would be a good idea to do some kind of limit (and later derivative/integral) calculation tournament. The thing is... The students only seem to give ...
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Dealing with unprofessional/erroneous textbook and exams? [closed]

Background I am a Permanent Resident living in the USA (CO) and studying part-time at a Christian distance-learning institution which is accredited in the USA and based in Missouri. The course is a ...
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How to judge the quality of education of an art school?

I know that most question in this community refer to (natural or engineering) sciences. This question is concerned with the quality of higher education in the field of arts though, I hope it is on ...
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How to get students to connect the pre-lab to the lab?

This is a very frustrating issue we are seeing with our students. Students get access to the prelab one week in advance of the lab. In the prelab, the students often have to use theory to predict a ...
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Online Quiz Times Given Last Minute

I am an Engineering undergraduate student at a Canadian University and have had trouble in a course with regards to time to complete online quizzes. The course syllabus says there are 4 quizzes worth ...
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How to evaluate the skills that students build while getting to the answer?

We are running a hands-on laboratory that is part of a larger electric circuits course. I've been doing a review of our lab manuals and am realizing that there is a large discrepancy between what we ...
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How do you assess programming related topics and avoid student cheating?

I am teaching some programming topics to university students (some 300+) including python, sql etc. I would welcome some tips on what's the best way to assess the students and also avoid giving them ...
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Should “extra credit” questions allow students to get more than 100% of the marks?

This semester I am teaching a course. Due to the fact that the students differ in their abilities, I decided to create a few "extra credit" questions for some of the assignments to stretch the ...
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Is this appropriate for a remarking policy? [closed]

I take a course of which the remarking policy requires students to point out why their marks of exam or assignments are wrong, or they cannot request for a remarking. The professor said it can stop ...
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Evidence for/against practical exams and their “added stress”

Numerous science course labs (especially anatomy labs) incorporate "practical exams" into their lab assessment. These exams involve having students visit multiple stations containing various visual ...
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Assignments taken and re-used without consent

I'm a TA at a British university, and as part of this job role I create and write educational material, which also includes creating and marking assignments. I've recently discovered that several of ...
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Is there a standard approach for grading sequence-based questions?

An assessment I'm looking at contains a few questions along the lines of: Arrange the following in the correct sequence: __: The third in sequence __: The second in sequence __: The ...
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Lecturer asks for argument for re-submission

Our group submitted part 1 of an assignment a few hours before the deadline, only to realise one of our links to the a piece of work was incorrect. As soon as we found out, we emailed him explaining ...
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How do universities deal with the length of assignment submissions (e.g. word count) in pdf?

My university requires all written work (essays, reports and dissertations) to be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. At my previous university, PDF was also acceptable (in fact, ...
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Is “focussed revision” ethical and are my grades likely to be affected if it is deemed to be against university policy?

I am a second year student in Mathematics in the UK and my Calculus lecturer practices something which he calls "Focussed Revision". What I've heard from students in years above me is that "focussed ...
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Lecturer giving automatic top mark to the first person to submit

A friend of mine is studying biology at a UK university and told me about this situation that happened last semester. An assignment was set on one of her courses, and as the deadline date approached, ...
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Course assessment for programming courses

Next year, I will be teaching a course that has a significant programming component. While I have taught other courses before, it will be my first time teaching a programming course. Consequently, I ...
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Assessment of an IT-related extended abstract [closed]

For an assignment at our university it was our task to program a prototyp and document it in an extended abstract. Intro text: The Idea is to create a system, which allows data exchange (contacts, ...
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How are Peer-reviewed Journals ranked? [duplicate]

I would like to know how peer-reviewed journals are ranked, and if I can access that information. I've heard about some impact factors, but I don't remember their name, or where to find info on them. ...
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Is there data or research on the tradeoffs associated with revealing how a student's grade on an assessment compares to the rest of the class?

We're building a teaching platform for projects, and one of the goals is to provide rich feedback to students concerning their performance. I'm fairly data-driven as a student and always appreciate ...
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Designing a credit-by-examination exam

I have been tasked with writing an exam for a student who wishes to receive credit-by-examination for an upper-level course in my department.1 While the department head suggested just using the final ...
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Discouraged from giving A's, but students are doing excellent work, what can a professor do?

I know somebody who works in a department that discourages giving students A's. Basically, a few years ago, there was a professor giving everybody A's. The department was labeled as a "vacation spot" ...
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Eventual Career Objective [closed]

I am a Front-End Developer with several years of experience as well as I have my B.S. in Computer Science. I am doing research and pursuing my MS in Computer Science. However, I am somewhat struggling ...
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Collaborative development of teaching materials and assessments

I have been teaching for 10 years. During this time I have also been developing and contributing to open source software. The collaborative nature of open source projects and scientific research has ...
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What questions should I ask to find out originality of students’ work?

As a TA, I should review undergraduate students’ works, containing reports and computer codes in order to find out whether plagiarism or cheating occurred or not. I tried to use online and offline ...
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Is it okay for a lecturer to set an assignment about the products of a company he works for?

I just found out that the lecturer of an undergraduate course I'm tutoring in has given the students an assignment to evaluate a product from the company he works for. To evaluate it, they need to ...
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What, if anything, is accomplished by formal assessment?

As a faculty member teaching freshman calculus, I was recently asked to participate in an assessment program. The aim of the program is to "design assessment procedures to measure student learning". ...
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Should I acknowledge the source of a problem in a math assignment? [duplicate]

For a math assignment that I am giving my students, I have included a problem from Spivak Calculus. I have the following two issues and I do not know what I should do: If I do not acknowledge the ...
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Electronic Assessment / Submission for questions where each student should have a different correct answer

I am looking for software that will automatically assess the output of student assignments, or at least the numerical parts of them. This is for a large class of >100 students and multiple assignments....
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PhD Students research/annual assessment

Some departments do an annual assessment of their PhD students' progress. It includes questions about topics such as: being independent, writing skills, analysis skills, time devoted, reliability, ...
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Should Self-Assessments be Scored? (not Graded)

I do not like the self-assessment software that comes with Desire2Learn, my institution's chosen LMS. It is semester break, and I'm writing my own self-assessment software. My software identifies ...
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Ethics of “recycling” assignments [duplicate]

I can't think of a better title, feel free to edit. I'm retaking a course at university, and the basic assessments are very similar; if I can assume that I'm studying effectively, could there be any ...
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Are there any resources to find modern (or effective) assignment types, knowledge control techniques?

I'm participating in creating blended (online/offline) courses. Faced a problem of inventing well-designed assignments/assessments. There are already quizzes, essays valuated by teacher, webinars/live ...
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What research shows how assessment design can minimize plagiarism?

This past semester has seen an unusually high number of students plagiarizing in one of the subjects I teach. To be specific, it was five times the previous maximum I had seen. This has lead me down ...
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Is it a good idea to have a departmental problem database?

A departmental problem database will work like this: When a professor gives an exam, quiz etc. they upload the problems into the database. When the grading has been completed, they upload the scores. ...
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Should students be shown the grading rubric?

I teach a practical class which is assessed by a lab report. I grade the lab reports based on a rubric. The rubric has 6 sections (abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions) ...
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What to do if most of the students did badly in the 1st midterm?

What to do if the average of the 1st midterm is like 35%? Should I repeat the exam? should I ask them to redo the problems in which most of them did poorly in the exam and average the old score and ...
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How to ask for feedback from research students on my supervision abilities?

As the lone experimentalist in my group, I end up supervising most of the students (M.S., B.S. and high school) who do experimentation-focused research in my lab. I am always trying to improve my ...
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Where to draw the line when giving feedback?

When teaching undergraduates, I find myself trying to balance making them stretch to produce good work and giving them guidance. I must admit in my own undergraduate and graduate studies I rarely if ...
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Should final exams be comprehensive?

I teach in the school of sciences and engineering in the university where I work. I have asked professors several times if the final exams have to be comprehensive, and I usually get mixed answers. ...
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Designing Tests for Industry

I'm currently designing tests for people working in technology support. I am the current subject matter expert (SME) in my group for these topics. The exam is essentially open-book multiple choice, ...
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Dangers of allowing students to resubmit assignments

There are two closely related questions here: If a student submits their assignment and is unhappy with their mark, are there any dangers (which I might not be seeing) in allowing the students to do ...