5 tips for success with Mastery Mode

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  1. Keep it short.
    Students will do 5 minutes per day quite happily. Keep your assignment to a single quiz, at least until you have feedback from the students.
  2. Explain the principle to your students.
    They many not be used to homeworks that enforce a daily routine, and some will moan like heck at you that they can’t do it all at once.
  3. Demand, and enforce, the first attempt on the first day.
    If the majority of your students leave homework until the last minute of the last day, they will get caught out and may feel you have deliberately trapped them.
  4. To track progress, sort results by Attempts.
    Assignments > Results > Results (beta) > click on the top of the Attempts column.
  5. To check completion, sort results by Mark.
    Assignments > Results > Results in detail > Sort by Mark, and look for those who scored >80%.

More on Mastery Mode here.

Measure confidence, reward improvement

Confidence and improvement

Results sorted by improvement. The top row shows the average.

I am really excited about these two new metrics added to the Results page. They give you a view of each student you have not had before, and which you can use today to improve the quality of their Continue reading

62.5% is the ideal quiz score. Here’s why

62.5%

 What is the optimum average score for a quiz? 100%? Not in my view. It is 62.5%, or a number close to that.

When using a quiz as a summative assessment, your goal is maximum discrimination. That is, you want to be able to see as clearly as possible which students have ‘got it’ and which have not.

Consider a Continue reading