Be Aware of the "Marked Homework Loop":


  • know learning will improve if homework is completed
  • recognize homework takes time
  • understand students want feedback on how they are performing

This leads to making homework worth marks.

  • homework is an uncontrolled environment
  • instructors realize students collaborate
Therefore, instructors make homework worth very little marks.


  • want all the marks for homework because they are easy marks
  • are unwilling to lose marks by not doing the homework
  • do not always understand the correlation between homework and learning
  • realize homework takes a lot of time and is worth very little in proportion to the time spent
  • know it is very easy to find answers on-line or from friends

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