I am currently teaching a linear algebra course at a university and have chosen to assess my students using five quizzes throughout the semester, instead of assigning homework. I have encountered a situation where some students may not be able to attend a quiz due to personal reasons, such as internships.
I am considering implementing a policy that allows students to skip one quiz (or drop their lowest quiz score) during the semester. I would like to gather your thoughts and advice on this approach. Here are some points I have considered:
- Flexibility: The policy could accommodate unexpected personal circumstances without overly penalizing students for missing an assessment.
- Reduced anxiety: Students might feel less pressured, knowing they have a "safety net" in case they cannot attend a quiz.
- Reduced motivation: The policy might inadvertently encourage some students to skip a quiz, leading to less overall engagement in the course.
- Fairness: Students who consistently attend all quizzes might perceive the policy as unfair.
Alternatively, I have thought about offering make-up quizzes or alternative assessments for students who have legitimate reasons for missing a quiz. But this involves a lot of extra work for just a handful students.
I would greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions you may have based on your own experiences and teaching practices.