The chart below is a sample gradebook for my Chinese 1 AB class.
This data consists of student names, Synchronize Session Participation, Discussions, Writing Assignments, Oral Quizzes. The grades shown are averages of each category over a one month period.
Chu, Deng, and Su are of Chinese ethnicity and have good commend in spoken Chinese.
Adams, Bennett, Newman, and Thomas do not have any background associated with Chinese language.
Synchronous Session Participation: There is a low participation rate among group 1 in this category. Maybe students in group 1 have a misconception that Synchronous Sessions are for those who need practice on spoken Chinese, which they can get plenty of that at home; therefore, there is no need to participate in the sessions.
Discussions: Both groups are doing equally well on discussions. The class seems very engaged and enjoys expressing their thoughts in the discussion posts.
Writing Assignments: The main component of this category is Chinese character writing. Neither group has any Chinese character writing skill prior to the course and the data coincides with that because the deviation is quite small.
Oral Quizzes: The students complete a ten-question Q & A oral quiz over the phone with the instructor prior to each Unit Test. In this category, there is a bigger gap between the two groups. Group 1, which have the advantage of spoken Chinese skill, do much better than group 2 who are not exposed to spoken Chinese on a daily bases.
Unit Tests: Unit test consists of matching, multiple choices, filling in blanks, and short answers. There is a correlation between participation rate and Unit test scores. Students who participate in Synchronous Sessions often have more review opportunities than those who do not or rarely participate; therefore, perform better in the Unit tests.
Areas requiring modification of instruction. I would modify my strategy on Synchronous Sessions to raise the participation rate on group1. Some of the ideas are more advertisements on the newsletters about all the activities taken place in the sessions, assign one student to be the host for part of each Synchronous session, and more peer interaction during the sessions.
As a result of low Synchronous Session participation and late assignments, Bennett has lower averages across the board. A conference is needed with the student and the parent/guardian, so an individualized study plan can be drawn to help him in the learning process.
The settings of the LMS is beneficial in providing individual student with differentiate instructions. Even though the content is very uniform, each student has the freedom of choosing the order of completing the assignments as long as they are submitted by the due dates. This flexibility allows students to manage their online school and personal life schedules accordingly.