Class Participation Policy-Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Class Participation Policy

In creating a policy/description of your expectations regarding student participation, consider the following components:

  • Will you assess student participation, and will this assessment contribute to the student’s final grades? If so, how much?
  • In what ways will students’ participation be measured (e.g., in-class oral contributions, short in-class writing assignments, online discussion posts, etc.) and how will you assess these contributions (e.g., number of contributions to class discussion, quality of online discussion post, etc.)?
  • If you are assessing student participation, how and when are students made aware of their participation grade?

A few notes regarding participation policies:

  • Generally speaking, student participation should not constitute more than 10-15% of the student’s grade.
  • If you are going to assess student participation, be sure to have a metric for assessment and to share this metric with students.
  • As with any assessment, provide students with feedback on their participation grade before the end of the semester so that students have the ability to improve.

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Sample 1: Attendance and participation policy from Business

Sample 2: Attendance and participation policy from History