Emergency Campus Closure - Instructional Plan
How to accommodate students completing a lower-division course during an impending campus closure in response to COVID-19.
My campus leadership informed students that
- there are no cases in our community
- classes are not cancelled
- if they wished, they could complete the remainder of the quarter online
Faculty were given flexibility in how to deliver the last week of instruction and final exams.
Research Methods in Psychology
4 exams with MC and written responses (drop the lowest)
8 homework with MC and written responses
The students had already completed 80% of the graded work; I had plenty of information on their performance. I did not want to add to the campus increased demand for online proctoring. I had no room to increase the workload for TAs - they really do work 20 hours per week over the term.
I wanted to allow all of students who were happy with their grade (already earned an A, taking it P/NP and already earned a P, aiming for a C and already earned a C) to choose to remove themselves for the remainder of the quarter. I wanted to add a take-home test that wouldn’t encourage cheating or intellectual property looting. I wanted to allow the struggling students the same opportunity to drop the lowest exam grade and demonstrate that they have learned this material.
1. I will continue to offer the class normally until I am told not to
2. I allowed students to choose to reduce the number of required exams to 2 (out of 3) rather than 3 (out of 4).
3. I am offering a take-home exam. To reduce cheating, it will be ‘find a recent article and summarize it.’ Easy to assign but a burden to grade.
9% of the class intend to continue per the syllabus
57% are ending now
20% want to sit one more in-person exam (they had already missed an exam or want to raise their grade)
14% are interested in the take-home exam
I am expecting ~30% of the class to sit the midterm. This will mean that there is plenty of space in the classroom and reduce the grading load on the TAs. I am expecting ~20% to submit a take home exam.
Here is how I presented the options to the students