Feedback: Castle Learning

Your scores for the two batches of Castle Learning exercises that closed on Monday, June 3, are now on Infinite Campus. Here are the exercises and dates assigned:

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Q3 Portfolios Redux

Note: You will receive a copy of this post in class on Monday, April 1. We will read it together, and then I will go over it with you to make sure it is clear. We will not move on to our next unit until Tuesday.

For your portfolio to be graded, a few requirements had to be met: It needed to be organized according to the directions you were given; it needed to have printed copies of all revisions, plus originals; and it needed a submission sheet with all information filled in. If you worked in a group, you also needed to have a length revision history online that proved your collaboration over time, plus copies of any collaborative revision printed and submitted by each member.

Only 20% of you met these requirements. The rest of you are missing something critical, without which the portfolio can’t be graded. Some of you didn’t even submit a portfolio.

Before we talk about next steps, know this: I will do everything I can to prevent you from failing. I will give you another opportunity not to fail this assignment. That may be an example of the floating standard, but it’s where this kind of performance leaves us. I want you to learn something. Consider:

  1. We spent almost two months preparing for these portfolios.
  2. You had two weeks just devoted to revisions.
  3. To give you more time, the work on The Invisible Man was bumped during the week before spring break, and three of the original writing requirements were waived.
  4. You were required to get a progress report signed that indicated just how important this revision portfolio is.

It is unacceptable that so many of you did not finish; that so many of you submitted sloppy or lazy work, often done at the last second; that group work was not done online in the way it was required; that some of you couldn’t get that progress report signed, even with an extra week to do so; and most incredibly, that so many of you did not complete a submission sheet. Without that checklist, I don’t know if you are taking your original grade or asking for a revision to be scored. I don’t know if you worked in a group or alone. If you did work in a group, I don’t know whose original you revised.

And some of the group work is impossible to grade. One group tried to fake collaboration—as it typed everything on the very last day—by leaving a couple of comments and making some superficial edits to try to generate the required revision history. It didn’t work, because I actually looked at everything everyone produced. That group will probably hear from me directly; the rest of you, if you fall in this 80%, ought to have taken greater pride in your work. There is no real evidence of using the feedback or prescribed process to revise.

Next steps:

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