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Robert Talbert
Math professor at Grand Valley State University. Catholic, Dad, writer, cat herder. My views != GVSU's
Math professor at Grand Valley State University. Catholic, Dad, writer, cat herder. My views != GVSU's

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Over at the blog, I've started up the GTD for Academics series again. This one is a recap of +Leo Babauta 's Zen To Done and why it fits well with the academic life. 

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New at the blog: Set up a student-friendly grading status board using +Trello. Part of the weekly Sanity Check series. 

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Hi everyone, hope your semester is winding down well. I've done an update of my syllabus for the upcoming Discrete Structures 2 course, and I'm sharing it so you can pick it apart. Enjoy.

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I made an updated EMRN rubric graphic here in case people want to use it for syllabi and whatnot. This is a PNG but if you want this in a PDF or something else, let me know. (I did this in LucidChart in case you're wondering.)

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Hi everyone, it's that time of year again when we are thinking ahead to the next semester. I had some time over break to play with the syllabus for my MTH 325: Discrete Structures for Computer Science 2 course and I made some changes to the SBSG system that I'd appreciate feedback on. The draft of the syllabus is at the link, and you can start reading at "What will you do in the course to learn these things?"

The TL;DR is:
+ There are 20 Learning Targets (standards) in the course (not included here) that are standards on BASIC SKILLS only. These are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory -- which is different than I've done in the past because I've come to believe basic skills don't fit well with the EMRN rubric.
+ There are also going to be 12+ mini-homework assignments called "Problem Solving Challenges" that cover applications and theory, more advanced stuff. Graded EMRN.
+ There is also a comprehensive final exam. I had largely abandoned timed exams since I adopted SBSG but read the syllabus for how I plan to use it.
+ Also there are "engagement credits" that students earn by being good citizens in the course.

The base grade of A/B/C/D/F is determined by accumulations of work on Learning Targets and Problem Solving Challenges.

The base grade is modified with +, -, or lowering by an entire letter based on the outcomes of engagement and the final exam.

Anyway have a look and let me know what you think -- keep in mind this syllabus is way incomplete at this point. 

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The back yard last week. All those leaves are gone now!

We've had several new people join over the last few days, so I just wanted to say "welcome". If you feel like it, introduce yourselves and say a little about your current thoughts or plans about standards based/specifications grading. 

If there is anybody here with experience applying SBSG to medical or other health-related courses, there is a person on the POD network mailing list who was asking for such people. She is facilitating an SBSG faculty learning community at her institution (Wayne State University School of Medicine, in Detroit) this fall. Shoot me an email if interested.

I was kind of surprised and gratified that the person actually used the abbreviation "SBSG" in her POD network post. I think we're shaping the conversation in some way around here. 
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