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Timothy Johnson

Great post, Delaney. For my classes, it all comes back to the syllabus.

I make it clear to the team that everyone on that team receives the same grade. However, there is also a peer evaluation (worth 10% of the over all course grade). If a student fails his/her team, it can affect them by an entire letter grade depending on the team's reaction.

I also make it clear to teams that they can divide up roles appropriately. Some are better writers than they are presenters. Not everybody has to get up and talk. Learning how to effectively allocate resources is important.

Finally, I make it very clear in my syllabus that every team should have a backup plan and a risk mitigation strategy. Excuses the night of the presentation are not permitted.

These three things generally keep teams out of trouble on presentation night.

Phil Gerbyshak

From a business perspective, the answer is simple: did they make the sale or did they not make the sale? It's pretty much all or nothing in business. The only way to get a C would be if the client delayed making a buying decision and scheduled another meeting.

Now if the rest of the team delivered the presentation and this person helped in creating it, and the stated goal was a team presentation using this person's information, you could probably cut some slack. After all, the presentation was "delivered" just not by this student. The question could be asked "Did you buy it or or not?"

Tough call, no matter how you slice it.

Delaney Kirk

Thanks Phil and Tim for your input. It IS a tough call...I'll post on what I decided to do later today. Plus, I'm thinking about what additional info I need to put on my syllabus for next semester.

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