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What Did You Do At Work Today? March 13, 2007

Posted by gordonwatts in university.

CIMG0931I filled out bubble sheets with a #2 pencil! Yay!

It is always the same this time of the school year at the worlds most technologically advanced university. We use top-of-the-line computers and Excel spreadsheets to carefully calculate student’s grades. We make pretty plots to convince ourselves no one is getting cut off below or above. We check our favorite pupils and make sure they do as well as we expect them to. Heck, we even separately curve by TA to make sure students don’t get penalized for having a hard TA. And when it is all done we upload it to the main computer and off the grades go.

Uh, no.

It’s all correct except that last bit. We sit with the spreadsheet and go through, line by line, transcribing the grade we wish to assign onto the bubble sheet. The U has been promising a better system for years now (“yes, two years from now you’ll see a new system come online”). Nope. I swear I feel like I’m taking the SAT’s again (ok, it is easier than the SAT’s).

On the other hand, this little ritual can only mean one thing… Spring Break! Woo!



1. pery - March 13, 2007

We now have a computer based system, version alpha. I would like my bubbles back please………

2. gordonwatts - March 14, 2007

Ha! I guess that is what I’ll be saying too when UW finally converts!

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