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"carrot vs stick" for Reduced Credit

"carrot vs stick" for Reduced Credit

by Dick Lane -
Number of replies: 1
A colleague would like to use Reduced Credit from a BONUS point-of-view.  Her immediate question is whether/how we can change a course's message about Reduced Credit.

Suppose Course Configuration is used to set 0.90 as Value of work done in Reduced Credit Period.  If a student's final total is divided by 0.9, then the result could be described as
  a)  full credit for all scored work
  b)  11% bonus for work done early
[Achievements will be available in the Fall, but is not installed now.]

Since online homework scores will be merged with scores for quizzes and written homework --- with that total rescaled --- the above numerical procedure turns out to be irrelevant (except for the score report for each individual problem using the penalty point-of-view).  The current issue is choosing between "carrot vs stick" in the system's display of Reduced Credit status, e.g., by changing wording or using dark green instead of red.

Are there items which could be added to the course's course.conf file?  What about adapting one of the existing themes and using it for this course?
In reply to Dick Lane

Re: "carrot vs stick" for Reduced Credit

by Jason Aubrey -
Hi Dick,

One useful trick for customizing webwork messages is to take advantage of the localization framework that is now available. For example, our college algebra course has a special 'translation' file which customizes many of the displayed strings, including the reduced credit message, and in that course the "Homework Sets" link in webwork now says "Homework and Quizzes" and we use the word "quiz" in place of "test" or "gateway."

To do this you could just copy en.po under a new name (e.g. dl.po) and start editing the msgstr's that you want to change. After restarting webwork you should then see the option "dl" under "Languages" in "Course Configuration."

And, regarding changing the color, yes, the way to do this is to adapt an existing theme.

Hope this helps