Are there grades? How are they calculated?
Yes, there are grades:
To earn your MBA degree, you must:
- Complete all courses in the MBA curriculum within the required time frame
- Achieve scores of at least 80% in the graded SMARTCASE lessons. (SMARTCASEs can be taken as many times as you want. Only the best score will be counted towards your final grade.)
- Obtain an overall passing score (calculated from the midterm and final MBA exams, SMARTCASEs, and participation grade).
- Submit the required documents that confirm your identity, eligibility and past academic performance as referenced in your MBA application.
Participation in the Slack group, including your responses to weekly exercises and case studies, does count for a small percentage of your overall grade, including whether you receive honors. Participation includes activities such as:
- Responding to admin posts, exercises, and case studies
- Answering administrative and content questions posted by your classmates
- Organizing study groups and events
- Asking questions
- Posting helpful articles and other materials
We're looking for you to be actively engaged in the Slack group however you can, given your busy schedules. Participation will help you learn, and you'll get from it what you put in. Participation does not include just reading through posts—it's your thoughts and ideas that will stimulate a helpful, friendly, motivating community for you and your classmates.
Even if you see other comments that are similar to yours on exercises and case studies, we think there is value in articulating your thoughts, so we encourage you to post your responses. Your responses to exercises and case studies are not graded on whether they are "right" or "wrong." Just like within Smartly lessons, you don't always need to have the right answer—this is a learning environment.
We will "pin" exercises and case studies to channels when we post them so that you can more easily find them. Here is an article from Slack on what pinning means.
A note about regular lessons in Smartly:
As you progress through lessons in Smartly, feel free to explore different answer options (both correct and incorrect) that trigger helpful feedback. You are not expected to get all "correct answers" while you are learning—mistakes are half of learning, after all—so, you aren't graded on regular lessons. You are graded on SMARTCASE lessons, as mentioned above.