I’ve been thinking about how I can cram my old lab routines and policies into SBG. Here’s what’s involved:
- Students work in groups of 2-3
- one write-up per group
- groups are formed randomly
- Everyone does the same lab on the same day, as dictated by the syllabus to best support the lecture content
- here I’m using “lecture” to simply signify the non-lab portion of the course, not necessarily to mean that I lecture.
- Every lab has similar expectations:
- Organized write-up
- Data-based decisions/conclusions
- Correct error handling
- Participation points
So how can that fit with SBG? Point 1 needs to be individualized. I think that’s easy: have them all do their own write-ups, though maybe back off on the formality a little like I mentioned in my last post.
Point 2 is a strong point so I think I’ll leave it alone.
Point 3 can be the start of my lab standards. They effectively will be able to reassess all of those generic ones with every new lab they do. I’m not sure if having them go back and do the same lab is so critical, though I’m certainly open to suggestions.
There was a comment about my last part regarding point 1 (group vs individual). Becca asked why they can’t do what I’m suggesting here. My response was, basically, grounded in my knee-jerk defense against cheating. However, I think using screencasting could likely help with that a little. Sure, one member of the group may still be the person who figures out the analysis, and, in fact, could be the first person to do a great screencast that s/he shares with their team. However, I think that, to get a good score on my rubric, each member would have to personalize their work. I’ll have to be cautious about this, though.
I could enforce some sort of roles, I suppose. One week you’re a data gatherer, another you’re the analyzer, another you’re the presenter. I guess I’m still kicking this around.
So why am I waffling so much? I feel pretty good about what I’ve done to improve my sbg implementation for a lecture-only course. These labs have thrown me a little, and I’m trying to decide how much to change at once. Right now this course of action, even with its open questions, sounds easier to implement than the individual labs course I presented in my last post.
One more question: Should I get their input? What would happen if I presented both approaches to them? I always assume that students will pick the easiest way out. I think this one is that. But maybe there’s some value to hearing their reaction to these plans. I guess I’m not sure. My guess is a couple of them are reading this, though I’m never sure.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.