Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Our first contribution from Puzzled Proffy: That’s three strikes right?

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So, you think the online quiz was unfair?

That’s the same quiz where only the highest of your three attempts is graded, right?

The quiz where the correct answers are visible underneath the questions you got wrong each time you attempt it?

The quiz on which most of your classmates received 100%?

The quiz filled with questions that you were supposed to have previously answered in your lab 2 weeks ago?

The quiz that you had 2 weeks to complete?

The quiz that you spent 4 minutes doing online?

What was the unfair component exactly?


  1. I'm going to venture a guess that the quiz was due at midnight and that the student started at 11:56 and got locked out. What do I win?

    Oh, or is it that the student tried to take the test on an iPhone and an unreliable signal kicked hir out?

  2. I had a couple of kids blow an open-book, five question, multiple choice quiz that was untimed and up on the LMS for a whole week... but at least they had the courtesy not to complain about the quiz! That's one nice thing about my students - most of them come from backgrounds where no one they know has any higher education, and a lot of them didn't do very well in high school, so when they flub an assignment, they don't immediately jump to "it was unfair!" Well, most of them, anyway. They tend to recognize that college can be really hard. The problem comes when they convince themselves they can't do it, without even trying to figure out any good study habits, how to read an academic text, etc. Alas.

  3. My first thought, aside from the old "who said life was fair?" is to ask whether it's fair that they're wasting my time.

  4. I just got email from a student who answered a T/F online quiz question incorrectly.
    Called it true when it was false.
    Proceeded to tell me what was false about it , then asked if I had made a mistake when I wrote it.

    1. Is this a situation in which the studet's mind goes "I agree that this is false" and the student's hand marks "true"? Too bad. I tell them, it's not enough that you 'know' the material, you have to 'demonstrate competency'. That means you have to do the correct mental and physical gyrations to make the right answer appear on the answer sheet.

  5. I'm ready to just retire the word "unfair" from the language. It does not mean what they think it means.

  6. I'm dealing with flakes who are hovering in the ca. 50% range on midterms. Their "closed-book, timed, online quizzes", made of the same types of questions as on the exam, but worth 1/10th of the exams? They're nailing straight 100s, baybee!

  7. Sounds completely unfair, in that it is so loaded in the student's favor they cannot fail and therefore are unchallenged to learn. I would tell hir so.

  8. I feel lucky that I don't get "unfair" thrown at me very often. "Buzz saw" yes, "unfair," not so much.