Laura Gibbs

Another week, more red ink spilled in the Gradebook

Blog Post created by Laura Gibbs on Sep 25, 2017

Unable to find a solution to the label bug, I propose the following:

Roll Missing label in Gradebook back to Beta 


So, the extra credit assignments for Week 5, which were due yesterday (Sunday) are no longer available now on Monday afternoon (the grace period lasts until noon on Monday)... and that means the latest set of incorrect and unwanted MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING labels are now making my students feel like they failed to do something. The Canvas-Mind has no idea which assignments in my class are optional and which are not, so it is stupidly marking all the optional assignments as missing.


screenshot of missing labels


As I have explained elsewhere (here and here), these assignments are NOT missing. My students simply CHOSE not to do them.


But the Canvas-Mind, sadly, has no idea that there exists such a thing as student choice.


Slartibartfast: It is sometimes difficult to follow your mode of speech. I know little of this "student choice" of which you speak.

Slartibartfast: It is sometimes difficult to follow your mode of speech. I know little of this "student choice" of which you speak.


I'll have to write a blog post about that later this week: I think it's wonderful that Instructure brought the awesome Sheena Iyengar to speak at InstructureCon (I read her book and loved it), but it would be even better if Instructure listened to what she said and respected student choice as an important element of course design.


You can see my highlights from the book here at my Diigo page; one of my favorite parts of the book was Iyengar's early study about the role of choice in motivating students (Mrs. Smith is the teacher, who turned out to be the least motivating of the three experimental conditions: self-choice, teacher-choice, mother-choice):


the children who were allowed to choose their own anagrams and markers solved four times as many anagrams as when Ms. Smith made their choices for them, and two and a half times more than when their mothers supposedly chose for them.


Anyway, I have work to do, but I will return to this topic later. I'm determined to get some useful reflections out of this absurd Missing label mess, and reflecting back on student choice and Iyengar's wonderful book will be a good way to do that.


More later.



cover of Sheena Iyengar's Art of Choosing