[LON-CAPA-users] Alternate scoring systems?

Gerd Kortemeyer lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Tue, 14 Nov 2006 20:06:02 -0500


On Nov 14, 2006, at 7:16 PM, Robert_Brewington@er.monroe.edu wrote:

> I am interested in implementing an alternate scoring system for  
> some problem sequences. I am wondering if anyone else has done  
> something similar, and how I would go about doing this.
> For each problem in the sequence, I would like to assign points  
> based on the number of tries. For example, getting the problem  
> right on the first try nets 10 points. Correct on the second try  
> yields 8 points, and so on. An eventual correct answer would always  
> yield one point, regardless of the number of tries.


> Option II
> My second thought was that maybe this is more appropriate using the  
> spreadsheet logic. There seems to be some type of programmability  
> in the spreadsheets displayed. I played with this for a couple of  
> hours, but was never able to deduce syntax and commands available.  
> I did find a brief discussion in some online manual, but it didn't  
> really help. It looks like there could be some real power here, but  
> I need some examples of what people have done with this to  
> understand it.
> 1) Is this a better idea?
> 2) Does anyone have some examples of programming the LonCapa  
> spreadsheet?

Yes, people have done this before in the spreadsheet. I don't have  
examples here, but Felicia might have some.

So, technically, it's definitely possible, using the spreadsheet.  
There have been lots of arguments among colleagues here at MSU if  
it's the right educational thing to do, though.

- Gerd.