in 2014 there was a discussion here in the forum on the same topic:
Unfortunately the discussion has been closed, so I have to open a new thread. The scenario described in the discussion cited above is this:
- Have your students hand in group solutions for an assignment no. 1.
- For assignment no. 2 students change the group and hand in a solution with their new group
The problem here is: If a student is in Group A and receives a grade for Assignment 1 and
then moves to Group B, the student will suddenly have Group B's grade for
Assignment 1 if Assignment 1 is re-graded.
The proposed solutions were to either a) use a new grouping for each assignment or b) not to -re-grade Assignment 1 anymore once Assignment 2 allows the handing in of solutions.
Imo neither of this is a real solution. Solution a) makes the organisation of assignments especially in large groups (>500 students) very uncomfortable and unnecessarily complicated. The problem here is that it is not enough to create new groupings for each assignment, you also have to create new groups. This puts a lot of workload on the teachers which seems all the more unnecessary as in our scenario not all students change the group but only those whose partners left the course or want to join a different group because they don't get along well with each other. And this happens quite frequently at the beginning of a course. What makes it more complicated is the fact that in our scenario students can choose their group. So creating new groups and having the students choose a new group each and every time extends the process a lot, especially as some students tend to forget things and will not choose a new group which means a lot of additional support for the teachers.
Solution b) also is not really a solution as it is not safe and it is very hard to tell all the teachers using assignments at a university not to re-grade assignments if groups have changed. What is more, with assignments in large courses and on a weekly basis it is not possible to (finally!) grade the whole assignment before the next one starts, even with a dozen of tutors.
So my question here is: Is there any other, clean and preferably technical solution to this?