Hello! I agree that there is a huge gap between the current grade-based education and the ideal no-grade system. To fill this gap, instructors can gradually dilute the importance of grades by adding more research projects and hands-on activities to curricula. As I mentioned in the post, we still had homework assignments which were graded, but the major part of our total score was based on the final project.
Hey Tim! What our instructor did to have a fair grading approach was to propose a comprehensive rubric at the beginning. I think, as far as such rubrics are clear and reasonable, students are fine with following them. Regarding the teamwork potential problems, I believe this is an essential skill we must learn during the higher education to be prepared for future teamwork in the workplace.
Take-home exams inspired by real-life problems sounds interesting! I have never truly experience it, though, as most of the teachers focus merely on the specific course objectives when they design exam questions.
Hey Michael! Yes, I think this approach is pretty applicable to other fields. It is definitely useful for senior/graduate students who seek for job. I remember we had a chance to hand in our CVs to those people from industry who visited us during the lighthouse sessions.
That is a very good question. As I replied to Jon’s comment, I think the best strategy is to design more than one project with similar motivations and lighthouse sessions. Undergraduate students, specially the new ones, might feel lost/confused if they are given a big final project.
Thanks for your comment. Yes, that was a unique experience which showed me when instructors feel responsible for their class beyond the normal standards, students respond back with great dedication.
That is exactly correct! Moreover, we had a chance to talk to experts with different backgrounds and examine our progress thoroughly.
I agree with your agreement!
Hello! Right, this example shows how instructors can make positive changes in the standard framework of grading.
Thanks! Yes, that was absolutely a great experience of applying grades as a constructive encouragement.