Due Dates

Problem:

In an online class, with middle school and high school students, how do you deal with due dates?

What we’re seeing

In Moodle, you can create due dates for assignments, forums, and quizzes. This has the nice feature that a big fat warning appears in front of students telling them when something is due. It also highlights it on a Moodle calendar.

Date Due by Calsidyrose

But the problem is that if a student misses the due date, then the activity closes out and doesn’t allow them to submit something late (with some variation).

We thought about just having a “due date for the topic” at the end of the week. That is, let students take their own time in deciding when they wanted to do their work. The problem with this approach is that too many students would wait to try and complete all the assignments at the last day of the topic (Sunday night) and, because of the time crunch, submit less than stellar work.

What we’ve done

At least for the beginning, we put due dates in the opening class page – but not in the actual activities themselves (thereby letting kids submit stuff late). Course teachers determine how they want to penalize kids for late work (just like a brick and mortar classroom).

Image Credit: Calsidyrose with a CC License.

Online Learning: Challenges & Issues

This year is the first year we’ve piloted a purely online (developed in-house, sort of) course. The course is health, and currently we have 60+ students in 3 classes.

Because it’s a pilot, it’s obviously a learning experience. This semester I plan to blog about what we learn, what works, what doesn’t work, what challenges arise, what advantages we find.

We want to offer more online classes. So the goal is to always get better. And to get better, I need a place to brainstorm the eLearning process. To see the process, check out the tag online learning.