Students often have difficulty understanding weighted (percentage based) gradebooks and how their grades are calculated. Luckily Canvas has "What-if" grades to help students better understand how their grades on different assignments impact their grades - How do I approximate my assignment scores using the What-If Grades feature? Yet, students still don't appear to understand that grades on some assignments count more than grades on other assignments or that zero's on assignments are way worse than a low grade. To help students understand these concepts I've put together a quick and easy student activity that can be easily customized to any course or student grade level.
Students will learn that assignment grades in different assignment groups count differently towards their overall course grade.
Students will learn how much a zero on an assignment can impact their overall course grade.
Students will learn how to use the Canvas "What-if" tool
The timing of this assignment is important in that the earlier students understand how their assignment grades impact their overall course grade the more likely they are to pay attention to the grades they are getting on different assignments and (hopefully) do better overall in the course.
Kona Jones is Director of the Teaching & Learning Center and Faculty Academy Coordinator at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL. She is responsible for the assessment of online courses and initiatives, providing instructional design and pedagogical support to faculty, development of faculty and student technology training materials, and overseeing faculty professional development. She serves as a technology resource for the College as well as an adjunct instructor of statistics. Her particular passion is student retention in online courses and more specifically on assessing how different initiatives can improve student retention. She has a M.S. degree in Quantitative and Cognitive Psychology, Undergraduate degrees in Biology, Psychology, & History, and is ABD in Curriculum & Instruction.