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Online Learning and Fail-forward Grading

In the field of education, one prevailing pedagogical technique for teaching is the concept of fail-forward. This method allows students to attempt an assignment, then the student may have the option to correct the assignment. The instructor may allow the student to correct the assignment without penalty or may choose to average the grades of the incorrect and corrected assignments. In a recent study conducted by Hilde Patron and William J. Smith entitled Implications of Fail-forward in an Online Learning Environment under Alternative Grading Schemes, Patron and Smith studied two forms of the fail-forward methodology and the effects on student preparation in both fully online courses and hybrid online courses.

In this study published in The Journal of Educators Online, Patron and Smith studied two fully online and two hybrid sections of an introductory business statistics course. During their study, students could take the ten quizzes up to three times, and one part of the study averaged all three attempts together while the other part did not penalize the students for incorrect answers. Students who were more prepared prior to the first quiz attempt scored better in the hybrid online courses. This may indicate that some in person instruction could be beneficial to online learning. Both Patron and Smith conclude that more research is needed to address how students respond to these two forms of alternative grading and its implications on grade point averages.

You can read more at Implications of Fail-forward in an Online Learning Environment under Alternative Grading Schemes,  

 

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