“Completion” vs. “Effort”

At times it is valuable to grade something based on student participation.  There is a great difference in the average result, though, when you tell students an assignment will be graded on “completion” versus graded on “effort.”  Many students tend to believe that completion means “turned in the paper.”  However, they have a very good grasp on the concept of “effort.”

A mid-range approach to this is to grade on CORRECTNESS but offer PARTIAL CREDIT on effort shown.  That usually gives you the flexibility to address a number of issues associated with homework, &tc.

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