We’re entering the last few weeks of classes, when students (and their professors) are more productive and more filled with anxiety than at any other point in the semester. The range of possible grades a student can earn have narrowed by now, and students are wondering what they’ll need to do to edge closer to the top end of that range (or how little they can do and still hit the middle of it). Many students begin to think about how to hedge their investment in the course–so they start asking about extra credit.
Last week, CELT’s Facebook group featured a remarkable discussion of whether, why, and how to make extra credit available to students. The discussion was prompted by a post on the Faculty Focus blog that listed several reasons for and against the use of extra credit. Continue reading