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Grading concerns various questions regarding the assignment of grades to course work

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Should I intervene when a colleague in a different department makes students run laps as part of their grade?

Basic Premise Can a microbiology professor require students to run laps on the track during class for a grade, even if the class usually has no physical component to it? Background As part of my ...
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Ethics of writing another paper to be graded for use as a work sample

A particular program I would like to apply to requires a recent (past year) graded work sample in either science, history, or the social sciences. Of course, I would like to present myself in the ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor to bump up a grade when I suspect it may be at the cutoff?

Background: My course has three exams: I did really bad on the first, great on the second (97%), and I think well on the third. I regularly attended the professor's office hours and never missed class....
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How to regrade an exam that was too difficult?

Our multiple choice exam was clearly too difficult. N questions. N + 10 total duration (in minutes). All questions have the same value (100 / N). Wrong answers have a penalty of 25% (25 / N). Only ...
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What should I do if professor grades unfairly?

Background: I take the required course through another university in order to graduate earlier, and that is how my nightmare starts. From the first few weeks, everything was going fine; however, ...
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Mention marking duty for a course in an early academic career CV

I am first year post-doctoral fellow. I have been asked to carry out some marking duties by my PhD supervisor from another university which I am not currently affiliated with, but where I got my PhD ...
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Can a peer-grading system still work despite malicious students?

I'm asking this as a purely theoretical question, out of curiosity. Let's say you are teaching an undergraduate class with complete autonomy. Instead of grading it traditionally, you decide to have ...
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How to assign grades in a game development course?

I am planning a course on game development. Currently my main problem is how to design the assignments and grade them in a fair and objective manner. In previous courses I taught (like basic ...
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What should I do if my professor made a mistake on a quiz but refuses to fix it?

After going through a quiz, I was surprised to see that we hadn't gone over half the material in class or in our reading. It was brought to the attention of the professor and she said she would take a ...
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How to grade assignments efficiently? [duplicate]

What are common techniques to grade/mark assignments efficiently? Is it better to focus on one question and go through the pile or do them assignment after assignment? Or are there other techniques ...
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In a yes/no question, student gives the right answer and a unnecessary but wrong explanation. How to grade?

Example: Q: Does Venus exhibit retrograde motion? (1 mark) A: No. This is because Venus orbits the Sun and not the Earth. The first part is correct: Venus does not exhibit retrograde motion. ...
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Problem with relative grading system? [closed]

My college (IIT) follows a relative grading system and each professor was given freedom in choosing how to grade the students. As far as I know, Some professors give 5 students (less than 8 percent ...
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proper grading fairness when certain questions dropped on exam [closed]

I had a 135 question final exam. The Professor decided 11 questions were problematic. For those 11 specific questions, he gave points to all students if they missed those questions. If a student got ...
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Having students grade each other on group projects?

I'm planning to have my students do a group project this semester. What are the pros and cons of having them rate how well their groupmates contributed to the project?
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor how my grade was calculated?

I took a graduate course (C.S) in a U.S university. We were not provided with any grading scale in the syllabus. I was assigned a letter grade but I have no idea how it was calculated. Below is an ...
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Is there an efficient way to give a large class of students feedback about their assignments?

I am the course lecturer of a large undergraduate course with about 700 students in the course. One of the challenges of teaching such a large course is grading the assignments and giving students ...
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French master student, equivalent honours in the UK?

I am completing my second year of Master in mathematics in France and applying for a PhD in the UK, I wonder how to present my grades. I had average grades of 17.1/20 and 17.4/20. Shall I just write ...
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Combining absolute and curve grading?

I know some advantages and disadvantages of using absolute grading as well as curve grading. Next semester, I plan to combine both by first grading absolutely, and then use curve grading to add points ...
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Can a professor make your final pass or fail? [closed]

I current have an 85% in his class but my final is pass or fail. I’m horrible at math and have really tried my hardest to get that b but my professors math final is either you pass it or if you fail ...
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In grading, professor takes into account submission time, performance compared to other students, and visibility of posters. Is it fair?

I came across this site trying to see if the way my professor has graded certain assignments is fair, and if it's grounds to complain to someone higher up at my college (I'm not sure who I would go to ...
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How do commitees evaluate candidates from foreign / unknown universities? [duplicate]

I'm asking out of curiosity / because I think the answer may be of general interest: A bit of context: When I applied to PhD programs, I had degrees from two institutions. One (let's call it "A") is ...
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Does D2L have a way for the instructor to access my submission while it appears “unread”?

My school uses D2L for all classes. When I submit a paper (or other file) to D2L, I can see in the "Dropbox" whether or not the professor has read a submitted file. In most of my courses, I see the ...
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Professor not giving solutions to exams and assignments that I need to grade

I am a grader for a CS course at the college institution I attend. The professor I am TAing for is a full-time employee at a company. He is teaching this CS course on top of doing that. The first exam ...
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GPA calculation in German Grading system

I am studying in a German University where the GPA grades are : 1.0 , 1.3, 1.7, 2.0, 2.3, 2.7, 3.0, 3.3, 3.7, 4.0 with 1.0 being the best score a student can get in exam and below 4.0 it is fail. ...
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I grade exams together with a colleague but disagree with their grading. What should I do?

Recently, I have graded exams (50 pcs.) together with a colleague from another department. I felt like my colleague was awarding too many points for wrong/incomplete answers. For example, awarding ...
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Rationale for Passing Students “by Compensation”

Certainly in Ireland at least, there is a mechanism whereby students, with otherwise good grades, are allowed to "pass by compensation" a module(s) that they have failed. For example, a student ...
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U.S. grading system: Why discrete grades?

Background In the U.S., many colleges adopt an A–F grading scheme, topped with pluses and minuses. Professors vary in the way they assign A to F grades, but my sense is most rely on discrete “bins”. ...
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Avoiding use of a red pen in providing handwritten comments on student work

As is common practice, I usually have used a red pen to grade student work and provide edits and comments on papers I collaborate on. However, I was speaking recently with an elementary school teacher ...
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How to make a complaint about grades? [closed]

My professor announced the grades. He told us in each part what grades we had. My oral presentation for the project was way better than other students. But he just gave me 89 for oral and gave others ...
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Grades are too high for the department - what should I do?

I recently taught an undergraduate seminar course, in which each student has to read a research paper, summarize it and present it to the class. In the first lesson I explained to the students the ...
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How to ask professor to post more example?

My professor always posts solved problems on the course website but for the last chapter, he did not post any solved problems. Although we have our textbook, I think solved problems help me understand ...
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When Are Fall Semester Grades Usually Issued? [closed]

I am a middle manager at the US subsidiary of a large multi-national corporation, and a member of my staff has been accepted to grad school in her field of expertise. Our corporate policy is that we ...
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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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Should graduate students who are graders help undergraduate students with homework?

In my department, we hire graduate TAs as both graders and teaching assistants. The teaching assistants are assigned to lead discussion sections that meet twice per week. The graders are assigned to ...
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How do I reassure my students that my grading really will be “strict but fair” when the university has an “official” grading policy?

One of the biggest challenges I face year after year in teaching—and one that seems to affect my teaching evaluations—is that students are convinced that they are doing poorly in my course, no matter ...
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Should PTAs be allowed to mark exam scripts? [closed]

PTA - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Because I love information (I'm at university, right?), I was looking through some manifestos of my department, and came across a proposal to allow PTAs to mark ...
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Group-work course, part of the group failing [closed]

This question is based around a hypothetical, but realistic, scenario. The situation revolves around a group-based course in which the main deliverable is a report. Every group member is ...
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Is it okay to judge projects on the basis of how long it took to develop them

I was showing my presentation on a project which I made in java/javafx to this evaluator(i'm a college student). And before I could start explaining the usage he asked me how much time did I spend on ...
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How to scale grades to take into account how strong the students are?

I am interested in different methods for scaling grades from a class test, say. In this case there is only one test and this gives the whole class grade. I remember from years ago a method that took ...
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Negative marks for mistakes

I just got the grade for a problem sheet that we had to hand in. The grading of the TA seems really ... odd, to put it nicely (for example, 1 exercise consisted of 3 basic computations - I got the ...
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Student dissatisfied with exam grade: what to watch out for?

A student who has trained hard for my exam got a just-passing grade. They are dissatisfied with it, and have mailed me to ask to have a look at my corrections. Naturally, I agreed to this. In the mail,...
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Student essay feedback for a large class

I am teaching a large Humanities class (150+ students) in the US this semester and am in the process of grading midterm essays. This is my first time teaching a class this large and I'm not sure how ...
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If a mistake was made when grading exams, does the prof have to fix it for every student?

I took a university course where the final exam was a multiple-choice type with the answers going into a "scantron" sheet that gets fed into a machine. This is reasonable, since there were about 600 ...
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Is it ethical to “arm-twist” a faculty-member into passing more students or improving the class average?

I recently got "arm-twisted" [2] (by the department chair and the dean of faculty) into passing the whole (undergrad Math) class who appeared for the final (minus that one student who we all knew was ...
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Should I report students that hand in similar reports (up to small permutations) in an assignment?

I am currently correcting assignments (pass/fail) for a Bachelor's course in which I am a TA. Students write some code and then discuss their results and approach in a report (in groups of two). My ...
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Bell Curved Grading [closed]

I have two questions: How can I know which university/school uses Bell Curved Grading system,and which one doesn't? Suppose, I have two acceptances from two schools (a) one applies Curved grading, ...
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Weighting Grades based on group size

I am having students complete a presentation as a group project. Each student's grade will have two components: an instructor grade, from me, and a group grade from their group. The group grade is ...
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How to reward students for learning from mistakes without penalizing those who didn't make mistakes in the first place?

We're thinking of implementing a policy where if a student asks a question/makes a mistake in a lab, they are required to write down what that question/mistake was and how it was resolved. These "lab ...
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How to write side-note reviews on assignments without sounding testy?

I'm an undergrad teaching assistant of a physic BSc student's lab. My job is reviewing the (usually 8-10 pages long) reports the students make, arriving in electronic format. During the review, I add ...
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Does modifying the grades multiple times make me look unprepared/unprofessional?

As a TA, I have to grade students' assignments. The main instructor usually has requirements regarding the minimum average grade for the class. At the same time, it is tricky to predict the class' ...