




(Note: Parts of these "Basics of Grading" also appear at the beginning of the "Attendance" web page and in the "Records" web pages. This repetition is to help those who don't look at our entire web site, or who have trouble adding their X's, to better figure out their grade at any given time.) What is the "X's" System? Attendance and Weekly Papers are based on an "X's System" of 100 X's, total, for attendance and weekly papers. You usually get one or two X's for each attendance and each homework assignment. A "C" in the course means you've earned at least 70 X's; a "B" means you've earned at least 80 X's; an "A" means you've earned at least 90 X's. It also may help you to remember that this course is a fourcredit class (not the normal three credits), and so the workload is 33% moreand harderthan is normally expected for a threecredit class. 3credit college classes usually expect you to attend and do homework for 9 hrs./wk. for an "A." However, 4credit classes usually expect you to attend and do homework for 12 hrs./wk. for an "A." In regard to attendance specifically, in this class, the expected time spent is the same as four 50min. classes, or 200 minutes per week. The grading for the semester is based on 100 X's (100 points or 100%) being equal to an A+. The X's you can earn are divided as follows:
You earn X's by completing the work. In attendance, an "X" (or a "V") is about 100 min. of work. The same is true for extra credit  about 100 min. of work per X. (In weekly homework, most assignments are worth 1 X each, with a few being equal to 2 X's.) By the end of the term, your total X's for attendance, extra credit, and homework will determine your grade as follows:
100 (or more) X's = A+ Basically, the method of doing well in this class is to earn as many X's as you can, depending on what grade you want. 2009 was the first year in which I have started using this system in online classes. However, I have used this X's system of grading since 2006 in writing classes on campus, and about 9095% of students  once they get used to it  report by the end of the term that they think it is a great system, one of the clearest and most fair they have ever used, and they recommend I use it with future classes.  It might help you to remember that you need at least 90% of the X's for an "A." If you have about 3/4ths of the X's and 1/4th 0's, you would earn a "C." If you'd like more detail, here are three ways to know your grade by counting your X's and 0's:
Basically, you can build your own grade by how many X's you earn. I have been using this method in online literature classes since 2009, and the great majority of students have recommended that I keep using this system as a way of grading because it is more fair and clearer. Note: Remember that this is a fourcredit class (not just the normal three credits). And so the workload is 33% more than is normally expected for a threecredit class. This applies to the total time you spend both in attendance and homework. For attendance, the expected time spent is the same as four 50min. classes, or 200 minutes per week. In addition, if you are a significantly slowerthanaverage reader, the course may take even more time.  Homework (Weekly Papers) Grade: 55 X's This portion of your grade will be determined by how many of your weekly, roughdraft, nongraded assignments you turn in. Most assignments are worth one X, a few of them two X's. The most you can get is 55 X's. You cannot be more than one week late with homework assignments (and Drafts I and II of your term paper cannot be late at all). The X's you earn will be added to the total X's you earn for the semester.  Attendance in D2L Discussions: 35 X's There are regular, almost weekly messages that must be done on D2L. These messages require a minimum of 200+ words each, and you must write up to four of them per weekfor a total of up to 800+ words per week. In these messages, you give your own thoughts and opinions about the readings and literature, and you interact with others in your class. For more details and for instructions, see our class's D2L page.  Attendance for Special Events: 1012 X's There are four "special events." You may complete them online or in person:
 You may make up missed attendance and missed homework by doing it late for extra credit and/or by replacing it with additional extra work. All make ups and extra credit are counted as additional attendance. For more details, see the "Attendance" page in this website.  Satisfactory Academic Progress in This Class Please note that you will be dropped from the class if you miss more than three weeks of homework and attendance. If you are dropped from the class for nonparticipation after three weeks, you will not be able to access the class D2L page anymore. IHCC will automatically give you an "FN" on your grade transcript. Before the beginning of Week 14 of classes, you may change this to a "W" (Withdraw). If you do not change it by then, IHCC will automatically give you an "F" for the class. Taking a "W" or an "F" for the class can create problems for you, too. Here is IHCC's "Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy": As of summer 2007, all Inver Hills students must maintain a 67% completion rate for all credits attempted. This is in addition to the existing requirement that students earn a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or above. You can drop a class in the first week, and this does not affect your completion rate. However, if you withdraw after that, fail to finish the course, or take an "I" (Incomplete), this will affect your completion rate and also may affect your eligibility for financial assistance. Visit, call, or email IHCC Enrollment Services if you have further questions about this policy. 
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