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This feature enables a teacher to calculate a student’s grade based on the contribution of this individual student to the group deliverable. After students complete their feedback assignment, the Group Contribution Factor for every student is shown, based on the ratings by their peers.
With this feature, teachers gain a better insight into the dynamics within a group during a project. An important issue that is being tackled with this feature is the problem of free-riding.
Moreover, you can add grading to your assignment by clicking on the purple plus button on your left. You can configure how many points do you want to give to each process of the assignment like in the following screenshot.
Configurable Group Contribution Factor within GME
Configurable Group Contribution Factor has been added to the feature flag function Group Contribution Grading. Teachers can now adjust the threshold of what the outcome of the grade will be according to the group contribution factor or group skill factor.
When creating a GME assignment with the ‘review within groups’ option (does not work with other options), it’s possible to enable ‘configurable group contribution grading’ at the bottom of the page in the settings underneath the Configurable Grading module. After enabling this feature, you can click the ‘configure’ button which presents a choice between two different grading options.
It’s important to note that this should be done after a group project is finished and has been graded. This feature is meant to change that group grade and individualize them based on contributions
Group contribution factor:
The group contribution factor calculates student participation by distributing a factor between 0 and 2 which shows how much the students have done within the group work relative to the other team members. This factor uses the average of the ratings received from criteria for a student and compares this to the average rating received from this student’s team members.
It’s important to note here is that a student’s contribution factor will change when new ratings for other students come in later and will go up or down depending on the scores the other student received. For ‘Group contribution factor’, the teacher has to configure the values that will be used to categorize students’ contribution factor after this is calculated and determine what should happen to their particular project grade.
One out of three things will happen to the student’s project grade in this case:
It will stay the same (nothing gets deducted or added), the project grade gets multiplied by the contribution factor the student receives, or the project grade for this student will be reduced to zero (0).
By default these values are set to give students:
A zero (0) if their contribution factor is between 0 and 0.49
The project grade multiplied by the received contribution factor if their contribution factor is between 0.5 and 1
An unaltered project grade if the contribution factor is between 1.01 and 2.
The teacher may edit these values to what is desired for the assignment.
The system will provide suggestions in regards to the adjustments that are to be made to the grades. To apply these suggestions the following options are available:
For all students: By clicking on the arrow icon at the top of the table header, the suggestions can be applied for all students within the assignment. Note: a confirmation dialog will appear explaining what is to happen and that this cannot be undone (see below)
For all students in a subgroup: By clicking on the arrow icon that is connected to the subgroup-row.
For just one student: By clicking on the arrow icon on the student row.
Group skill factor
The group skill factor works a bit differently. Here, the factors are not calculated relative to the other team members’ scores but rather uses the ratings received compared to the maximum points possible for the criteria to come up with a factor between 0 and 1. An important difference here is that a student’s factor does not change depending on the scores the other students receive. Again, the teacher is able to configure the values that decide what will happen to student project grades when they receive their average scores.
One of three things will happen to the student’s project grade in this case:
It will stay the same (nothing gets deducted or added), the project grade gets multiplied by the factor the student receives, or the project grade for this student will be reduced to zero (0).
The defaults for this group contribution option are set to:
Give students a zero (0) if they score between 0 and 0.55
The project grade is multiplied by the average score if they score between 0.56 and 0.8
An unaltered project grade if they score anywhere between 0.81 and 1
The teacher may again edit these values to what is desired for the assignment.
Finally, click Publish in the top-right corner of the screen. When you have finished setting up the assignment, it is time for the students to get started!
Hopefully this article has helped you to better understand what this tool has to offer. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our support team.