Sorry about the two month hiatus—Dana Ernst sucked me into a great research project about games with finite groups.
I previously wrote about my plan for calculus I. Basically, it is this:
- I give the students a list of learning goals. These are much finer than I have done in the past, which means that there are many more of them.
- I give students quizzes in class.
- For each quiz question, the student solves the problem as best as she can.
- Here is the important part: after solving the problem, the student reviews her work and determines which learning goals she has met.
- She indicates exactly where she met each learning goal. If she does not claim a learning goal, she does not get credit for the learning goal.
This basic idea has not changed; I have decided to go for this to see how it works. I have made a couple of changes since last time, though:
- I change my learning goals (see below for a list).
- I am only requiring that they demonstrate mastery of each learning goal four times, rather than the six that I previously had. There just is not enough time to assess that much, considering that I try to give my students at least twice as many attempts as is required. I am able to cut from six to four by scaling down homework: I previously required at least three demonstrations on a quiz and up to three demonstrations on homework, but I have changed this to requiring at least three demonstrations on a quiz and up to one demonstration on homework.
- I change my quiz template to include a margin on the left side. This is where students will write their code for each achieved learning goal. They then need to circle exactly where the learning goal is met, and connect that circle to the code. This should make the quizzes easier to grade and easier to read (less messy). I think that I am not going to require that this be done in a different colored pen, either.
I think that is mainly it. I have included drafts of my learning goals and syllabus (sorry for being three weeks late on this, Robert) below. Please see my previous post to get an idea of what students will do with their quizzes.
As always: feedback is welcome.