The grading system is at best a very poor measure of the multidimensional,
multifaceted thing we call learning. That said, given the current system
we have, I view the broad goal of assigning a
grade as two-fold:
With those goals in mind, I am using the following policy toward grading in this class:
Students will receive a weekly cumulative letter grade that will incorporate assignments, projects, and presentations. These weekly evaluations can be challenged by the student, but only during the week immediately following when the evaluation is given.
Students are in fact encouraged to challenge their evaluation if they believe it does not accurately reflect their performance. Doing so demonstrates both initiative and personal ownership of their learning, two things I hope to actively encourage in this college level course.