Optimal Challenge

Students perform and feel their best when they are challenged, but have adequate resources to meet the challenge.

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Suggestions

Consider the timing of exams and assignments to alleviate undue stress

Provide feedback on each stage of assignments and help students progress to the next stage of larger projects

Avoid very heavily weighted components, such as an exam worth 50% of the final grade

Recognize that more tasks do not always equate to more learning

Set clear course goals, and ensure assignments and expectations are clear from the start

Provide activities where students design mock test/study questions

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Fabio Campi
Fabio creates an optimal challenge for students by maintaining and encouraging course related discussion board on Canvas.