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Fantastic post! In one of my courses I leave the f...

2007-06-21T10:32:00.000-06:00

Fantastic post! In one of my courses I leave the final project totally open, which means there is a lot of hand-holding while students figure out what they want to do, and how (they aren't allowed to write an essay) but I consistently get wonderful, creative projects; the students even surprise themselves with their efforts.

I love the trail idea and think I may use it this summer.



As someone just emerging from 6 years of higher ed...

2007-06-21T08:36:00.000-06:00

As someone just emerging from 6 years of higher education, I think I would really enjoy an approach which allows for lots of choices and lots of customization. I'm equally frustrated by projects without choices as those which are completely freeform. Your proposal suits my learning style quite well.

Although, it could be tricky to balance the difficulty of different tasks. I would certainly be tempted to do those I considered the easiest, thus possibly not getting as much out of the class as I much.



Based on past experience, I'd just say, "be carefu...

2007-06-21T06:48:00.000-06:00

Based on past experience, I'd just say, "be careful." I once taught a course in which students were given a huge list of small-points assignments, and told they could do as many or as few as they wished, based on how many points they wanted to earn.

Apparently, many students heard that as "you don't have to do anything."

If I didn't use a monster curve, the majority of the class would have flunked.

If you have students with initiative, and you're okay with keeping track of the minutae of way too much grading, this could work. But if the students are underprepared or undermotivated or just not terribly mature, this could be a train wreck.



So I didn't get to see the new jacket of the secon...

2007-06-21T02:59:00.000-06:00

So I didn't get to see the new jacket of the second edition for my own math book. What else now?

Distress suits me awful!!