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Michael Stack

Boy I couldn't agree more. I ran into many of the same problems during my CS degree.

I wonder if we couldn't improve the performance of these groups by permitting a subset of the class to pick their group-mates, then have them run through a number of smaller problems.

Each time, the group leaders are permitted to re-pick their group. Any students left over at the end are forced into their own group. That would provide a much stronger incentive for students to avoid free-riding on the efforts of their classmates.

Dave Tufte

I really like this suggestion.

But, there are two problems. First, students don't like being judged publicly, and they tend to blame the professor on their evaluations when this happens. It's shocking how prickly they are. Second, administrators rely on student evaluations far more than they should, so the first point would end up being a game killer.


It is a good thing schools online teach business degree courses too!

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