The following is a blog for my EOTC class. I am currently writing these last few assignments on my phone while waiting on my daughter while she is at camp. I am just going to say that most of this work can be completed from an iOS device, but I would say it is not recommended. I had to skip some assignments for right now. As a big iOS fan, I would suggest a mobile version of this LMS. This would make this part easier on me and if the place had wifi I could use my laptop.
This unit is about grade reporting and analytics. These are both valuable tools once you get the hang of it. When I was using Blackboard I believe the students would have a progress bar and a grade. This can be confusing for the students, parents and sometimes the school personnel. I had this problem where a student would complete the 3 of 27 assignments. If the student made a perfect score on each of these, their grade would be a 100. The problem is that they have completed around 11% of the work and may not of completed the first test yet. Some of the grade book programs and school personnel would show that the student had a 100 hundred on a progress report.
When a student is behind on their work, it leaves a dilemma for the teacher. If you put in zeros on the missing work, their grade would be correct but the progress would show that student was progressing in the class. I would usually put in enough zeros to get the student’s attention and notify the students and parents that they had earned zeros on missing work. I allowed them to make up the missing work to pull up their grade usually with a small penalty.
I think the progress bar is the most important tool if it is used correctly. It lets the student know where the finish line is. I even had a student finish the course early so they could concentrate on their other classes.
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