A few terms ago, I was in a course with an unnamed
instructor, when he informed our entire class that most
instructors at xxx are very lax when grading. He said, and
this is a true story, that if the students deserve a "C,"
they are given a "B," if the student deserves a "B," they
are given an "A." His casual remark made me sick. I still
don't know if he was being candid or crazy. He did
sometimes act a little off. Regardless, I've haven't seen
this instructor around the campus for some time. But his
comments caused me to think over the different aspects
of "fair" grading.
The coolest instructor I've had at xxx is an art teacher.
Her idea is that the student is allowed to work at her or
his own pace and as long as the student submits something
in the direction (judged at her discretion), of the
assignment, she will overlook "late" grade markdowns and
all will be well.
But I should add, that the student who
has the delayed work feels really awful that their project
is so undone during presentations, which is very important
in her class, so much that the students are graded on
presentation of their projects. This instructor also
becomes increasingly demanding as the students progress
through her courses of study.
After all, writing is a true art.
It is actually hilarious to think of "fair" grading in a
web class. There must truly be fifty ways to cheat in a web
class! Students can manage various ways of cheating on
quizzes and all they really need is a credit card to buy a
report. They are very convenient, too! The online web
selling sites are practically next door to the web class!...