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Students: Should You Get Extra Credit?

By February 7, 2013

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Callan Bentley is a geology professor whose Mountain Beltway blog appears regularly on the AGU website. Today he asks, "What do you think of extra credit as an option in teaching?" Already he's gotten a wide range of responses from his fellow teachers. (One of his own teachers replied, "Did I ever offer extra credit? 'nough said.")

What about you, students? I hope you'll read the post and its responses for insight into your teachers' lives and work. What has extra credit done for you, and why should your teachers keep offering it? I have no stake in this, since I don't even remember back that far.


February 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm
(1) C. A. Rosière says:

I think it is more appropriate to say “extra credit as an option in cheating”:
cheating the tax payers, cheating the institution and moreover cheating the student!

February 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm
(2) Geology Guide says:

You must have something in mind that I don’t know about. I’m talking about assignments from a teacher that give students alternative ways to demonstrate that they have learned the subject.

February 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm
(3) mining engineer says:

Providing a poor student with soft-ball extra credit points is not the only possibility here as C. A. Rosière seems to suggest. I remember as a student when Mantle Plumes were ‘known’ to be responsible for hot spots. I didn’t quite buy it back then and, through additional research via this new thing called the Web, I was able to demonstrate a possible alternative mechanism rather than just accepting my textbook at face value.

Demonstrable critical thinking trumps rote regurgitation in my opinion and thus may well be worthy of extra credit.

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