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Converting XP into Grades (Gaming in Teacher Education)

A couple of weeks ago, I promised to explain how I converted the XP students could earn in my Explorations in Literacy course into a grade. In this post, I will share with you ALL the assignments for the course including links to the directions (if you want them), what the XP are for them, and …

Earning XP and Grades (Gaming in Teacher Education)

In my last post, I discussed how assignments were set up so that some XP counted for grades and some XP did not. When I shared my directions and scoring for the blogging assignment, I included this chart which outlined how I thought about doing XP: Type of Quest XP Heroic Quests (Blogging) Writing Posts …

I Forgot the Grades

I really, really, really hate grades. I think what I hate most is when the focus of the students becomes all about the grades. You know – the what do I need to do to get an A in this class stuff. But it’s not really their fault. I can’t blame them or that attitude. If …

Getting Rid of Grades

I have a confession to make: I hate grading. And no, I don’t mean that I hate the time it takes to read papers and give feedback (although I have thoughts on that too). I mean I think traditional grading as we know it and use it in our schools is not helping students in …

The Challenges of Online Education

There’s a lot going on with online learning. Today, as an educator, I think most of us are either: involved directly in online learning work for an institution that uses online learning grappling with how best to use online learning for our professional or personal needs There really is no escaping it. Online learning – …

How to Stay Organized When Teaching Online

As I started teaching my online class this fall, I quickly became aware of the level of organization it would require. Obviously I need to have structures in place to support students. They need to know what they are doing, when, how, etc…I have those in place in a number of ways including: a calendar …

Issues of Time in Teaching Online: Part 2

Last week I started talking about how I think about time as it relates to teaching online. I noted I had to think through two areas:  (a) how much time students should spend engaged in the course during a week and (b) how much time I will be spending. Last week, I discussed how I thought …

Framing the Problem

When I think about writing a syllabus, and how I want to structure a class, I tend to formulate it around questions. For example, I have taught a class where the overarching question was, “What does it mean to be literate?” and another where it was, “What counts as knowledge?” I then use these larger …

The Campus LMS: Bound to the System

Regardless of if you teach online, face-to-face, or in a hybrid format you likely have some experience with a Learner Management System (LMS). And, I assume your campus subscribes to one which, technically, means you are supposed to use it. So let’s talk about that. First, there are obvious benefits to a campus LMS. For …

Examining The Points-Based Grading System

Recently, I came across this article on point-based grading systems. The ideas in the article were nothing new, and I’m sure you’ve heard most (if not all) before. This includes things like: students expect and are used to points points are not entirely objective points are an extrinsic form of motivation; the goal is to …

A Student’s Reflections on Grading

Today I bring you a guest post from a recent student. In this post, the student reflects on what it’s like to be in a class that uses gamification and XP as a form of grading. I’m thrilled to be able to share this with you because it’s always helpful to get a perspective on …

Trigger Warnings

Over the last couple of years, I have read a decent amount about using trigger warnings in college classrooms. A trigger warning is a statement that alerts people about sensitive subject matter that could cause them distress. The idea is that individuals should evaluate their past experiences in light of the upcoming content and consider …

Grading: The Semester View

I wanted to take a moment at the start of the semester and talk a bit about grading. As we all know, I am not a big fan of grades as they are traditionally set up and experienced by students in school. They can stifle learning and end up with students focusing on giving the …

Best Of

Welcome to the Best Of page! Here you will find the top 10 most popular posts of all time. This page will get updated twice a year. Enjoy. What is a Struggling Reader? Confessions of a Bored Academic Pop Culture & Reading Comprehension Teaching in a Virtual Environment Being Ok With Discomfort Let’s Talk About …

Tweaking Quests and XP

I’m back at work on my fall courses (started in May). Why? Because I’m super excited about them that’s why. This will be my second year applying principles of gamification to my courses. Last year, I applied it to three/four. In the fall, I will apply it to two. Let’s talk about one of the …

New Assignment: Social Networking

In one of my fall masters level classes, I have a new assignment (aka quest) that I’m calling Social Networking. This is my attempt to get the teachers in the course to think about how they might use social networking tools. It is also an optional quest. This fall, I have three required quests and …

Let’s Get Rid of Classes

I was having a discussion recently with some folks, and the topic of gamification briefly came up. It was a side conversation – not really pertinent to what we were discussing – so we didn’t stay on it too long. But in that moment I had an idea about how we approach teacher education: It’s …

Live Field Notes

This blog is really intended to discuss my teaching practices. However, today I want to point you in the direction of my newest research project in the off-chance that you’re interested in that sort of thing. I just start an ethnography (as of today, only two field visits). It’ll last at least a year and …

Teaching Evaluations: Of What Value?

Ahhh…it’s that time of year when teaching evaluations from last semester are sent to me. I tell myself I’m not going to read them, but then I go ahead and take a peek anyways. Why do we do these? Well, I suppose it’s not all bad. They provide some insight into student thinking. I guess …

Spring Course Assignments: Politics of Reading

I love sharing assignments with y’all, and I love reading assignments others create. I don’t think we do that enough, and it’s always inspiring. Even if your course is radically different from mine, I bet there is something I could pilfer and tweak and use to make my teaching better. So, in the spirit of …