As we moved to “remote learning” in the last two weeks of the semester, 70% of the students in my Freshman class disappeared. We can’t blame this on my shitty online teaching because they evaporated before seeing me on a screen.
I’m thinking of not using those two weeks in my grading. (I always have a large percentage of the grade assigned to participation). If they were there every day during regular instruction, should we punish them for not doing the online learning that they never wanted to do?
On the other hand, what about the faithful 30% who did stick with it until the very end? Isn’t it unfair to them not to punish those who flaked out, even though the flaking out was very understandable and even commendable?
What do you, guys, think? I’ve been extremely lenient with grading all semester because I feel so guilty about what we, the neurotic oldsters, are doing to these kids.