Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why Grading on the Curve Hurts

Kit Richert, Ph.D., Teaching Community

Grading on the “Curve” is a method of grading that is based on the belief that letter grades in any given class should be distributed along a bell curve.  Typically, an assignment or test is scored, and the average score automatically becomes an average grade (typically a B- or C+).  The scores above and below the average are distributed accordingly.  For those of us who attended school in the US, we have probably been graded this way at some point.  Read more . . .

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Tech Tips

In Microsoft Excel, you can enter the same data or text into multiple cells at once using the simple steps below:

  1. Highlight all the cells that you want to have the same text.
  2. Type the text you want.
  3. When done instead of pressing enter press Ctrl+Enter.

After completing the above steps, the text will automatically be entered into all highlighted cells.


Did you know?… Canvas Course Statistics allows you to view your students’ participation and activity in the course? Course Statistics provide you with Running Totals, Assignment Usage, Individual Student Usage, and Allotted File Storage.

Click Settings in the Course Menu > Click Course Statistics in the Settings menu