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#TuesdayTutorial: Determining Your Course Grade

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In your final exam, you will write a self-evaluation that tells me what grade you deserve in the course. In the workplace, this process would be similar to asking for a raise or some additional perk during your annual review.

You’ll determine the course grade you deserve by returning to the syllabus and requirements page on this site. First, remember that your grades in this course are based 100% on the labor you actively contributed to building and supporting the writing community and the labor you put into completing all the activities and projects in the course. In your final exam, you will present the details on what you have done and avoid making excuses or telling “sob stories.”

Remember that the Grades in Canvas are only a summary of the work that you completed (or did not complete). Your grade is based on your work as outlined on the requirements page.

To Earn a B

Paper Graded BYou must have completed the following activities in order to earn a B or higher in this course:

To Earn a Grade Lower than a B

If you did not complete all of the activities in the section above, your grade will be lower than a B. Discuss the required work that you did complete, explaining how much of it your completed. You can also refer to any work that you did beyond the basic requirements.

In your final exam, tell me what grade you deserve in the course (B-, C+, D, etc.), using the information from your performance evaluation to support your argument.

To Earn a Grade Higher than a B

Paper Graded AYou must have taken an ongoing leadership role by helping to teach the class new things and significantly adding support to the writing community.

Your contributions may have been supportive actions that you designed yourself (with feedback from me) or actions that came from a list of possible suggestions.

Be sure to talk about consistency. Your argument is stronger if you demonstrate that you consistently worked toward your goal during the entire term.

Grades higher than a B are earned based on a traditional bell curve: Those students who contributed most significantly will earn an A; those who contributed least significantly will earn a B+. Note that your grade is not based on the number of contributions, but on the value of those contributions to demonstrating your leadership and adding support to the writing community.

As of 12/02, the highest number of comments by a person is 54. The lowest number is 1.

Number of comments versus number of commenters in that range

 FAQ for Grades in the Course

If you are looking for… Look here…
The basic requirements for grades in the course Requirements Page
Options for earning a grade higher than a B Section on higher grades on the Requirements Page
Information on the check and X marks in Canvas Grades Completes vs. Incompletes section on How Canvas Grades Work Page
How to tell how you’re doing in the course How to Tell How You’re Doing section on the How Canvas Grades Work Page
The reason Canvas isn’t tracking your course grade What Is Tracked in Canvas Grades on the How Canvas Grades Work Page
Details on how to make your case for a grade in the course Final Exam Page



Thank you for sharing this with the class. I have spent some time working on the report already and one thing I have struggled with is locating where some of the information about the course is posted. You have given us direct links to everything we could need for this report and clearly laid out specific details that will be helpful for us when writing these reports.

I really like the idea of the final being a self-evaluation. Throughout college we rarely get the opportunity to evaluate ourselves and justify our grade other than through tests and quizzes. In the real world, self-evaluation is a critical part of progressing through your career and is sometimes mandatory but it’s not a skill that’s focused on in college. I’m glad to have the opportunity to reflect and show what I’ve done this semester in this class and write a professional self-evaluation that will hopefully prepare me for doing the same after college.

To be completely honest, I do not really like the idea of a self-evaluation. However, I do see why they can be important from a business standpoint. They provide you with a sense of accomplishment, and allow you to be prepared in the case of a management review. Learning the proper format to create a self-evaluation is also important, as you will most likely need to know how once you enter the business world.

Thank you for posting this information as I was struggling with compiling the necessary information to complete my self-evaluation. I hope that this can further develop my evaluation skills for my future career.

I agree with Joe. I really appreciated your honesty. I think it is difficult to do a self-evaluation for this class because we aren’t exactly sure how much others are doing and grades are based on a bell-curve. I see the people who post frequently, but I have no idea how many people don’t post that frequently because they don’t post. I wish the format was more of a required amount to get a certain grade. I would better know how to space my time because I would know exactly what I have to do. However, I agree with you that I think a self-evaluation can be useful in the business world. In business, you aren’t receiving a grade and you are basing your performance off of how others are doing. Therefore, I hope this exercise can better prepare me for these kind of evaluations in my future career.

I agree with Owen on this. While reading this article and seeing a “bell curve” made me a little nervous about this class. I triple-checked all my assignments, logs, and canvas again to make sure everything matches up. Also, it is hard to place yourself when you do not know how the class as a whole stands.
However, I found this article very helpful and meaningful to me! While doing the Final Exam, I was relooking over this semester and I hope I have completed everything in order to get an A. This “tutorial” explained where more resources are located and showed me how to interpret canvas. These resources are exactly what I was looking for.

I cannot agree more with Megan and Owen. The “Bell Curve” does make me nervous. As Logan said below, I also do not enjoy the “post more than your peers” initiative that the Bell Curve ensues.
I do enjoy the assignment in a sense that not many people understand the work you put in. Writing a self-evaluation allows one to explain this fully.

I know in the military, you get to write Fitreps and all sorts of evaluations on yourself and others. This class is big into reflecting on what you’ve done and a self-evaluation is the most straightforward way of doing that. Just like in real-life though, it may not be so easily defined. Who’s to say how well you’re doing compared to others when you can’t track every little thing they do. I don’t even know how many people are in this class, so I can see why the bell curve can be quite an issue.

This post was very helpful as it reminded me of the expectations of the class and how to surpass those expectations. When I go through each of the requirements, I feel like I have put in a good amount of effort, but it still is nerve raking as you do not know how all of the other students are performing. All of this information also sets me up to start researching all of my past work in order to complete the performance review. I am glad that I will be able to write this performance review to really reflect on the amount of work I have put into this class this semester. It will also allow me to explain and give examples of why I deserve a certain grade. This assignment will be good practice for performance reviews we will write in the future

I am not a fan of the grading for this course. I think it fairly subjective and should really be based on solid numbers instead of a bell curve. For example, in the examples given in the final exam post it seems like there used to be an exact number of comments to get an A in the class. If the instructor is trying to incentivize students to participate in discussions, there should be directly measurable goals to reach instead of “more posts than your peers.” This would make the course grading much more transparent. That being said, these self-evaluations are relevant to the workplace, which many people struggle with. Saying “I deserve a promotion” is tough for a lot of people because they do not want to come off as egotistical or full of themselves.

I am personally not a fan of the grading for this course. I really think the self evaluation is great, but the fact that receiving a grade higher than a B requires a mysterious amount of extra things doesn’t appeal to me. I think that instead of a bell curve as well, the grades would be based on a solid system. I feel like this way, the class will feel more consistent, if that’s the word I’m looking for. Just my opinion, though.

As Danny mentioned, the grading scale in this class is amply confusing. I do agree with him and wish that there was a system in place where we could figure out what our grade was throughout the course instead of guessing where we lie throughout. Although there are materials that give us the opportunity to find out the steps needed for an A, I would rather know my current grade throughout the semester. Thank you for sharing your opinion Danny!

I just wanted to let the Professor know that the commenting feature on this website is finicky. I often times get an error message stating that my comment failed to post. It is a bet stressful to type a response, click submit, and see your well-thought out response missing.

I believe that the grading is this course is hard because it is subjective. Opinions are harder to justify then facts when it comes to grades, which is why most professors have a strict structure to grading in their respective courses. That being said, I enjoy the final evaluation at the end of this course. Being able to reflect and give yourself a fair, proper valuation is a very useful career and life skill.

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