I am enrolled in the Stalin and Stalinism in Russian History course (10 weeks) and right out of the gate the ability to assess and grade assignments is a joke:
“The task will be assessed by other students according to the following criteria: the validity, logic and clarity of your arguments. Each student will write at least 3 reviews of other students’ essays. The maximum you can get for this task is 6 points. The passing grade for this task is 50%.”
Because of serious errors and repetition in the rubric, it actually comes to 8 points.
The second section of the marking rubric is illogical and repeats itself twice essentially, perversely allowing students to score more points for having one illogical point than having all logical arguments:
Are the arguments logical and easy to understand?
All arguments are illogical or difficult to follow
Two arguments are illogical or difficult to follow
One argument is illogical or difficult to follow [repetition of “4 points - One point is illogical or difficult to follow”]
All arguments are logical and easy to follow [repetition of “5 points - All points are logical and easy to follow”]
One point is illogical or difficult to follow [repetition of “2 points - One argument is illogical or difficult to follow”]
All points are logical and easy to follow" [repetition of “3 points - All arguments are logical and easy to follow”]
There is a repetition essentially between options “3 points” and “5 points” and it does not make sense that a student would score more for having one illogical point “4 points” than for having all arguments logical “3 points”.
The first section for marking seems to be fine:
Are the points valid?
None of the points is convincing
One point is valid
Two points are valid
Three points are valid
I want to know if this problem can be fixed and especially if the course repeats such silly errors for Weeks 2-10. Otherwise I see zero point of getting/paying for the certificate.
I am disappointed both the academic and Coursera did not proofread to avoid this sort of silly mistake.
Best answer by Maryam
Update - A teaching staff member has replied to the thread in the discussion forums. (I'm not doing this course myself, I just followed that thread once I saw it a few days ago.)
They state "Indeed, the instructions contain conflicting information about the maximum points". They say they are going to correct it. Please reply to them if you have more feedback or if you see more problems.