Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 Adjunct Faculty Survey

Once a year we send out a survey to all PVCC's Adjunct to seek their input and experience over the past year. We really hope that all PVCC's Adjunct Faculty will provide us honest and constructive feedback as we try to improve our commitment, service and support to you. Please click here to access the survey by May 12th, it should take approximately 10-minutes to complete. Thank you.

Point-Based Grading Systems:
                                          Benefits and Liabilities
Taken from: Maryellen Weimer, PhD, Faculty Focus

If there’s a perfect grading system, it has yet to be discovered. This post is about point systems—not because they’re the best or the worst but because they’re widely used. It is precisely because they are so prevalent that we need to think about how they affect learning.

It would be nice if we had some empirical evidence to support our thinking. I’m surprised that so little research has been done on this common grading system. Does it promote more effective learning (as measured by higher exam scores or overall course grades) than letter grades or percentages? Does it motivate students to study? Does it make students more grade oriented or less so? Does it provoke more grade anxiety than other systems or less? Does make a difference whether we use a 100-point system or a 1,000-point system? We all have our preferences - and sometimes even reasons - for the systems we use, but where’s the evidence? I can’t remember reading anything empirical that explores these questions - if you have, please share the references. Read More...

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Tech Tips

To help ensure that your MS Office files are accessible, use the Accessibility Checker, a free tool available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It finds accessibility issues and explains why each might be a potential problem for someone with a disability. It also offers suggestions on how to resolve each issue. Click File> Info> Check for Issues> Check Accessibility.

Canvas Corner

Want to quickly check all assignments in your course for Due Dates? Go to the Calendar View from the Home Page or from the Calendar icon in the Global Navigation Bar on the left. Select the course you want to check Due Dates for. Any assignments without a Due Date will appear in the UNDATED area. For any easy fix, just drag and drop the assignment on the proper date!

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