The Randomness of Grades: Are all ‘B’s the Same?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Last time we looked at how different a score of 75% can be, depending on which 75% the student got right in an exam where the questions are ‘perfectly balanced’. BUT, what if the exam ISN’T perfectly balanced. What if, … Continue reading

The Randomness of Grades: What is an ‘A’ Student?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute We all have a sense of what an ‘A’ Student is. They are the ones who have earned our top marks, of course. But comparing our own personal ‘A’s with that of other faculty quickly becomes problematic. All those complaints … Continue reading

Grades: The Random Factor, Problem 2

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Problem 1, as outlined yesterday is that we really have no objective way of ensuring that our exams actually ‘cover’ the course content. Now, what about exams from the student’s perspective? I know, I know, tons of people have talked … Continue reading

Grades: The Random Factor

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes How much of your students’ grades in your courses is subject to random chance? Is your first reaction a defensive one? “Why, NONE, of COURSE!” We all like to think we are assessing our students fairly, and that the grades … Continue reading

There’s more to Gamification than Narratives and Competition

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Survival of the Fittest (Gamification) by http://simplifyingradicals2.blogspot.ca/ Tuesday, May 10, 2016 I start class by explaining to the students that they have been cast on a reality TV show called “Survival of the Fittest”.  This is the letter I give them: … Continue reading

Doodling in Class to Help Attention.

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Let your students doodle in class. Encourage them to doodle in class. You might be surprised at the result. I have a one-hour commute to and from school, and lately I’ve been listening to the radio (CBC) rather than music. I … Continue reading

Being a Woman in Computer Science – A Cautionary Tale, Part 3 of 3, Now

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute  This is the conclusion of yesterday’s post. It picks up where the other left off, after I was driven out of my position at the University. It took a long time to come to terms with what was done to me. … Continue reading

Being a Woman in Computer Science – A Cautionary Tale, Part 2 of 3, Working in the Field

Approximate Reading Time: 5 minutes  This is a continuation of yesterday’s post. It picks up where the other left off, at the end of my student days. I defended my Master’s Thesis and just continued on where I was. My thesis examined the introductory CS … Continue reading