University of California, Riverside


Point Values

If student participation using clickers will be graded, keep in mind that any technology has some failure rate on the parts of software, hardware, or end users. Plus, batteries die, and lost or damaged clickers happen, so plan to have an alternate method for students who lose or forget their clickers on a given day. One approach would be to consider having some leeway in your grading schema. You might do this by creating, i.e., an 80% threshold equivalent to full credit for correct answers. That way, students who miss a class, for example, can still get a chance to receive full credit for participation using clickers. For these reasons, it's recommended that use of clickers for assessments remain low-stakes at no more than 10% of an overall grade, although instructors who use clickers for quizzing have ascribed as much as 20% toward the overall grade.

The Analyzer software used for grading student responses sets a default point value of 3 points for a correct response and 1 point for an incorrect response. Incorrect responses still receive credit in order to encourage attendance and participation. You can customize the allocation of credit globally across all questions, or on a question by question basis.

 Changing Default Point Values Globally Across All Questions

Global default point values

1. In the Analyzer software, click on the "Answer Key" tab.

2. Open "Settings" from the black bar in the middle of the screen.

3. Adjust the "Default point values."

4. Select "Apply these values to all questions," and click "Ok."

 Changing Default Point Values for Specific Questions

Changing default point values for specific questions

1. On the "Answer Key" tab, identify the question for which you would like to change the associated point values.

2. Open the dialogue to edit the point value of a specific question by clicking the linked question number in the "Question" column or the linked letters/numbers in the "Correct Answer(s)" column. If no correct responses are associated with the question, then the Analyzer software displays "empty" in the "Correct Answer(s)" column.

3. Adjust the "Default point values."

4. Make sure that all possibilities for correct responses have been selected.

5. Click "Ok."

You can also choose to "Ignore this question" here, so that it doesn't count toward the overall score. For more information about how to drop or ignore questions, see the Drop/Ignore Questions Knowledge Base topic.


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