Why Perspective Matters



Take a look at these numbers and tell me what you see?

3.92
3.87
4
3.9
3.63

What if these numbers are out of 4?

3.92/4
3.87/4
4/4
3.9/4
3.63/4

Getting closer?

These are scores for five different assignments in a marketing course. What’s different about these scores? They’ve been normalized so that each score is made to look like a G.P.A.

What’s wrong with that? The only time I look at G.P.A. is at the end of a semester or on a resume. I have no perspective for what these scores mean in the context of a normal class. If I tried to guess my grade from these scores I would have a tough time figuring it out.

So let’s fix this problem.

98/100
96.75/100
100/100
97.5/100
90.75/100

The information conveyed in these scores becomes relevant when looked at through a lens that is familiar to the student.

It is now obvious to the student how he is doing in the class.

Too often in academia we try to reinvent the wheel.

We take complex problems and make them even harder to understand.

Try simplifying.

Try taking those complex problems and putting them in terms your students can understand and relate to.

Try to put things in perspective.