• Assessment and Evaluation

    Assessing student participation and attendance

    While everyone agrees a grade is designed to represent what a student has learned, some educators also think grade should be used to motivate students. When our students seemed less inclined to attend or participate during and after the pandemic, we turned to something the grading literature does not support – giving a grade for being in class. Here’s a quick summary of what the research says on the subject of grades for participating (like the 1 mark quiz) or attending: You might thinkĀ  What research says What experts recommend Giving a small grade for attendance motivates students to come to class You should include academic achievements, not behavior, in…

  • Remote Teaching

    Generating an attendance report in Zoom

      Term has started and whilst the instructors who are back in the classroom can clearly see who is present in their classes, for those who are teaching virtually it is not so easy to determine. Luckily for the instructors who are hosting their virtual classes in Zoom, an attendance report can be generated. This report will show you who was present in your virtual session and for how long. Follow these simple steps to generate an attendance report in Zoom. Sign into the Zoom portal through PAWS. Click Reports on the left-hand side navigation, then click Usage. Enter the appropriate dates of the classes in question and click Search.…