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Happy Easter to all,

I note in Joes second bulletin that the next two assignments are to be graded. What are the grading criteria?

Leonard

-- Anonymous, March 30, 2002

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Hi, folks - Happy Easter to you too ! Isn't it a beautiful Easter Monday ... Sorry for the delay about contacting you on the essay query, but I kept a healthy distance from my computer for the past few days. Until we get some definite criteria from the accrediting body (and as yet we haven't begun conversation), we will follow the guidelines issued by the (old) NCEA for our in-house diploma, and use the same marking system. The earlier essay will not be 'marked', for the simple reason that it was far too generic to allow this, but it will be returned with comments - and hopefully before the end of April. The next two will be marked and have comments, and the system of marking can be explained on the study day. We will almost certainly not have accreditation for the module before it finishes, and it may be that the individual modules will not get civil accreditation until they are submitted in the context of an overall programme, which we are presently drawing up. Enjoy the daffodils ! joe

-- Anonymous, April 01, 2002

Hello, folks - this bulletin board is quite a business, but let me race in and add to the noise ! re. the grading, Leonard : I find the complexity of the ncea system too much for this medium (too much for my old head, in fact !!), hence my preference to present it when its complexity can be hopefully teased out by discussion, and the information available to those who do not use our internet forum. Mind you, this may be a cop out, but at my age, maybe there's some case to be made for my 'losing it' ! re. the essay, Angela : the one for submission on 27th is the essay which is given in the Easter theology bulletin (not the one based on the first two units). Mind you, if that date is too soon, given the fact that we're still operating outside the accrediting system, there is no problem with submissions on a later date. Be good ! joe

-- Anonymous, April 03, 2002

Leonard,

I noticed that as well. In fact I thought the first was also being graded. I do not know what criteria they are going to use.

-- Anonymous, April 01, 2002


Hi, folks

Yes it has been a beautiful Easter and now that weve moved on to the 1st. of April, hint, hint, Im wondering is Joe trying one on? That is, giving us the system of marking on the study day, i.e. the day the essay is due in. I know that were doing theology, but divine inspiration so early in the course, surely that comes, for most of us unfortunates, after the heavenly call!

Leonard

-- Anonymous, April 01, 2002


Leonard, 1st April notwithstanding, Joe isn't trying on one or even 'losing it' as my teenage daughter would say. I suspect the essay to be returned at end of April is the general essay some people did on their impressions of the first two units. There was some confusion from the beginning regarding number of essays and some students submitted an 'impressions' essay on the first study day in March. This is the one to be returned to them on 27th April!

Angela

-- Anonymous, April 02, 2002



Hi Angela Thanks for the reply. In Joe's bulliten he mentions, unless I'm 'losing it' as they say, that the next two essays will be marked. And one of them is due on the next study day. However, I'm sure all will be revealed.

Hope the course is going well for you. Cheers, Leonard.

I suspect the essay to be returned at end of April is the general essay some people did on their impressions of the first two units. There was some confusion from the beginning regarding number of essays and some students submitted an 'impressions' essay on the first study day in March. This is the one to be returned to them on 27th April! the course is not

-- Anonymous, April 02, 2002


Hi, "I can see now said the blind man"

In my original message I was looking for "the grading criteria", however, I can see now that there was some confusion over my request. It's the old chestnut of communication or meaning transfer. I should have requested the "essay objectives" not the marking criteria. I understand that the "marking criteria" (which the examiners need) follow on from these "essay objectives" (which the student may need).

I'm carrying some baggage from another course and in that context the course organisers gave out essay objectives. In a metaphorical sense it's the goalposts that you're aiming at. Otherwise where should the ball go?

I'm very happy to work in an environment with no essay objectives or marking guidelines as this can lead to a creative engagement with the course material and the essay title. However, I can see that this may present some problems for course accreditation, which is not a priority, at this time, for me taking this course.

Hope this clears up matters Cheers Leonard

-- Anonymous, April 04, 2002


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