Monday 3rd June, 2013
1:00pm to 1:45pm
If you're using the Sakai Gradebook2 tool, you may sometimes wonder how grades get calculated. Thankfully, pocket calculators are not required, and the mathematically challenged are welcome! We'll spell it out in plain English so that everyone can understand what's under the hood of Gradebook2.
In this session, we'll explore the essentials of grade calculation, and what to consider when using Gradebook2:
By the end of the session, you should have a better understanding of the number-crunching behind course grades, and how to best use this tool to provide accurate assessments to students.
Sakai Functional Consultant
Jim Mezzanotte has been involved with Sakai for the last four years. At rSmart, he focuses on improving the Sakai user experience, providing user guidance for faculty and students as well as for Sakai administrators.
Academic Technology Consultant
Amber D. Marcu came into her line of work 15+ years ago. Her specialty is in the "adoption of innovations and change management," but she's best known for her presentations of (and research into) Sakai and Pedagogical Transitions. She also has publications in distance education and educational psychology. Hailing from California State University, Chico, she combined her skills in computer science, customer service, and instruction to pursue German internships overseas. Upon her return to the states, she enjoyed opportunities with Nor-Cal institutions and non-profit organizations. After securing degrees in English (B.A.), Technical Writing (Certificate), and Instructional Design and Technology (M.S.), she was accepted to Virginia Tech's Doctoral program in Instructional Design and Technology. At the same time, she enjoyed full-time employment with the Learning Technologies group under Dr. John Moore at Virginia Tech (VT). She was instrumental in facilitating the successful transition from Blackboard to Scholar (Sakai) through the use of communication, training, and support structures founded upon research produced by Rogers (2005) and George, Hall, Hord, and Stiegelbauer (2006). In 2012, she joined rSmart and the Kuali community. She currently resides in Peoria, IL with her husband and two dogs.
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