Assignment Multiplier in Infinite Campus
If all assignments are scored according to their quality on a 0-4 scale, how can teachers differentiate between assignments that take little effort and learning to complete (like a quick blog post) and assignments that represent much more effort and learning (like a presentation)? More than that, what if teachers want to weight assignments later in the semester/unit as more valuable than those completed earlier? How do we do this if all assignments are "worth" 4 points?
- Perhaps rather than giving scores based on assignments, teachers may want to think about giving scores based on skills/proficiencies. Of course, the assignments end up being the way students demonstrate those skills/proficiencies, so this may just be a point of semantics.
- Weighting scores earned later in the learning process makes a lot of sense! After all, we wouldn't want early low scores (scores earned near the beginning of the learning process) to have the same amount of weight as scores earned toward the end of the learning process. Your running speed at the first practice doesn't get factored in to your 100 meter dash time at the track meet!
- Remember, the 4 point grade scale doesn't mean assignments are "worth" 4 points each. Each point level is an indicator of quality or level of understanding or level of effort.