Despite an instructor's effort to explain the basis for course grades on the first day of class, many students do not entirely comprehend at that time the effect those future assignments will have on their grades. And as the semester slips by, with the accumulation of quiz, homework, and exam scores, students may lose sight of the amount of course work remaining and the effect that their level of achievement on that work will have on their course scores and letter grades. Students are often surprised to learn too late that the letter grade they had anticipated is beyond realization or differs from what the instructor's gradebook indicates. With the help of the microcomputer and by applying the concept of course score forecasting, the authors attempted to generate information that would help keep students informed as to scores received on completed work, course work remaining, and the impact that various levels of achievement on the remaining work would have on their final course scores.
computerized gradebooks, grading, recordkeeping, predicting course grade