Gradebook as guide light: A place to start with backward design

As a parent who also happens to be a learning designer, I had a lot of conversations about online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents, students, and teachers did not know where to track student work. Overall they had trouble tracking when, how, and why the student should complete assignments. 

During this time I was working in a small liberal arts college as an instructional designer and Moodle admin. It seemed to me that the teachers who had the easiest time with the pandemic were teachers that already had a robust pedagogical strategy in the LMS. Significantly, they had well-developed and designed gradebooks that embodied their desired learnings for students. Their gradebooks often used percentage weighted categories.

Percentage-Category vs. Sum-of-Points

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