Leveling-Up (Grading)

Think of this entire course as a game: as you complete each Quest, Mission, and Challenge, you will be developing new skills (advancing in the game) and earning “points”.

Below you will find the distribution of points across different tasks:

Quest-Log (10 pts x 4) 40 points
Studio Participation 60 points
Boss (25 points x 4) 100 points
Paper Presentation 10 points
Ignite Talk 10 points
Course Participation 30 points
Total: 250 points

Because 250 points is painful to distribute across different levels (grades), this design multiplies the total points by 2 to determine the distribution of points. To calculate your level, you also need to multiply your points by 2. Here is the distribution of levels:

Distinguished Level (500-475 points): At this level, the adventurer met all the requirements of the course with excellence and went beyond completing the minimum requirement for community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and deeply engaged in classroom discussions regularly throughout the semester.

Outstanding Level (475-450 points): At this level, the adventurer met all the requirements of the course with excellence and completed the minimum requirement for community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and deeply engaged in classroom discussions regularly throughout the semester.

Accomplished Level (450-425 points): At this level, the adventurer met all the requirements of the course almost with excellence and completed the minimum requirement for community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and engaged deeply in classroom discussions most of the time throughout the semester.   

Master Level (425-400 points):  At this level, the adventurer met all the requirements of the course with high quality and completed the minimum requirement for community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and engaged deeply in classroom discussions most of the time throughout the semester.   

Good Sport Level (400-375 points): At this level, the adventurer met all the requirements of the course with acceptable quality and completed the minimum requirement for community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and engaged deeply in classroom discussions infrequently throughout the semester. OR. The adventurer met all the requirements of the course with high quality and completed the minimum requirement for community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and engaged deeply in classroom discussions frequently throughout the semester

Fair Try Level (375-350 points): At this level, the adventurer met almost all the requirements of the course with acceptable quality and completed the minimum requirement for community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and engaged deeply in classroom discussions either infrequently or frequently throughout the semester.

Valiant Effort Level (350-325 points): At this level, the adventurer failed to meet some of the requirements of the course with acceptable quality and/or failed to complete the minimum requirement for community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and engaged deeply in classroom discussions frequently throughout the semester.

Struggling but Promising Level (325-300 points): At this level, the adventurer failed to meet some of the requirements of the course with acceptable quality and/or failed to complete the minimum requirement for community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and engaged deeply in classroom discussions infrequently throughout the semester.

Passing Level (300-275 points): At this level, the adventurer failed to meet some of the requirements of the course with acceptable quality and/or failed to complete the minimum requirement for some of the community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and engaged deeply in classroom discussions frequently or infrequently throughout the semester.

Initiate Level (275 or below points): At this level, the adventurer failed to meet most of the requirements of the course with acceptable quality and/or failed to complete the minimum requirement for most of the community activities and deliverables. In addition, the adventurer actively participated and engaged deeply in classroom discussions infrequently throughout the semester.

In case it is not entirely obvious, these levels correspond to the grades used for this class, with the “Distinguished Level” being the equivalent of an A+, down to the “Initiate Level” as an F. As the name suggests “Passing Level” is the minimum to pass a course for credit at ASU, or a D.  It is my firm belief that if you apply yourself to this course it will feel far more like Plants vs. Zombies than StarCraft II. Also, the gameplay idea is applicable to your own learning. When you find yourself struggling, please reflect on what you’ve tried and how you might change your gameplay. I am your advocate, and want you all to succeed, so if you aren’t finding success, please talk with me about it. I have the “cheat guide.”

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