New Ways of Encouraging and Assessing Participation

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How to grade all this?

Participation (10% of course grade)

This portion of the grade is a way for me to give you credit for informal/unstructured collaborative work that you do. Participation and collaboration are strong predictors of success and learning retention, so please make an effort to find a way that works well for you to participate and engage with your colleagues. There are many ways you can do so.

Ways to participate:

·Post questions on the Canvas discussion board

·Share links or resources on the Canvas discussion board

·Answer your peers’ questions on the Canvas discussion board

·Come to Zoom office hours (group or individual)

·Form a study group with your peers

·Email questions to the instructor or TAs

·Ask questions during lecture or discussion section

·Volunteer answers to peer questions during lecture or discussion section

For the graded component of your participation, I will ask you to self-assess your level of participation. This part of the grade is intended to help you identify what strategies help you learn, and plan ways you can grow and improve in the future.

This is a way of checking (and grading) participation. I will ask you to self-assess how much you participated in the class, and this will contribute to your participation grade (which will be scored out of 5).

(Please note that this survey is worth one point. If you fill it out you get the point, if you don’t fill it out or skip questions you don’t. It is in the participation category.)

1. How do you rate your participation in class discussions, group discussions, office hours, online discussions, or any other related form of activity in this class? (Excellent / Good / Okay / Needs improvement)

2. What were some of the ways that you participated in the class? Please use this space to tell me ways that you shared and contributed actively to the learning environment through groupwork, discussion, online discussion, or any other methods.

3. What were the forms of participation that were the most challenging for you? Did you try them out? If so, what didn’t work for you? Please use this space to tell me ways that you did not feel able to participate or contribute actively.

4. Of the types of participation that you shared above, which were most helpful to your learning? How did these ways of learning help you understand or remember material?

tl;dr

Reconceptualize participation as the interpersonal and informal parts of studying that make learning stick and feel good.

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