Exams graded

I’ve finished the exam grading for the Cross-Cultural Leadership class and will put them on Mr. Hieu’s desk this morning.

I graded them on a rubric like this:

2 points if they actually identified three things that they learned and talked about them.

2 points if they showed that they had done the readings and were present in the class. Many people lost points on this. Some of them only wrote as much as they could have found from the syllabus.They may have been in the class, but they were talking or looking at their cell phones.

2 points if they wrote in their own language and I could understand it. One paper attempted to express some very abstract ideas (which is good) but his/her language just wasn’t up to it, and I couldn’t tell what he/she was saying. I had to take off a point for that.

2 points for reflections on how they learned. Many people wrote about what they did — read the assignments, looked on the internet — but only a few talked about how that resulted in learning. I actually think that most of the points for this one came from people commenting on their experience in the scenarios. The people who mentioned them seemed to really understand what was going on. They spoke about participating in the scenarios and how they developed confidence.

2 points if they talked about what they needed to learn in the future. This was usually related to career (international business, a specific country like Japan or Korea, or the hotel industry where they would probably be interacting with guests or sub-contractors). However, there was a little bit of sheer curiosity about other cultures.

There were 12 papers that got 10’s.

9 got 9’s

14 got 8’s

8 got 7’s

4 got 6’s

4 got 5’s

2 got 4’s

1 got 2 points

I did not get papers from two students.

I was curious to see if the grades corresponded to teams. The students with the worst grades did seem to be on the same team, and there were four teams where two people had 10s.

During the two days running up to the due date for the exam, I got over 60 visitors to my blog. One of the students posted my blog website to the rest of the class.

Published by helenaworthen

Labor educator, retired from University of Illinois, taught at TDT University in Ho Chi Minh City in the Faculty of Trade Unions and Labor Relations. Co-author with Joe Berry of Power Despite Precarity: Strategies for the contingent faculty movement in higher education, forthcoming (August 2021) from Pluto Press.

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