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On grading and processing times

On grading and processing times

Elementsofai / General · June 11, 2018 at 1:00pm (Edited 5 months ago)
Hi all,
Today we have started sending out certificates for a batch of students who have completed the course. I'm sure this will inspire a number of questions about the grading.
How to get your certificate: In case we have been able to process and confirm all your answers, your certificate will be available at the top of the My profile page.
What if I didn't get an email/certificate: If you didn't get a message yet, there are a couple possible explanations:
  • check that you have given enough peer feedback on each of the peer evaluated exercises (Exercises 4, 15, 24, 25, 26): you should see the text "Thank you for reviewing your peers! If you have time to spare, give more reviews" below the exercise if this is done
  • after that, it will take a while before your answers receive enough feedback from other students
  • when your exercises have received enough peer feedback, it may turn out that some of your answers may have been flagged as problematic (or getting very low scores), in which case we'll check them manually, which takes a bit longer.
Also see "On peer reviews" below.
The grading criteria are as follows:
  • minimum 90% of exercises completed
  • minimum 50% of correctness
Correctness is calculated as the average correctness over all the completed exercises. (So each exercise has the same weight.) The text answers are counted as 100% correct assuming they are confirmed valid.
Exceptions: Exercises 3 ("Examples of tasks"), 17 ("Life expectancy and education (part 1 of 2)"), 20 ("Elements of a neural network") either had errors in the problem statement or they were found to be too vague and debatable, that they are not included in the grading at all.
On peer reviews: The free text answers that are peer evaluated will take some time to be processed because we need a sufficient number of reviews. Furthermore, we will manually verify any answers that get lower than average scores, which will take even more time. This is why many of you will have to wait for the grading and the certificates for an extended period of time.
On university credits: The processing of the ECTS credit units will be done after the certificate is made available. Due to the holiday season at the University student services, the credits will show up on the register at the end of July. (This applies to both those who have a University of Helsinki student number, and those who students who have a Finnish national identification number but are not students at the University of Helsinki – their credits will be handled by the Open University.)
We apologise for the delay and the inconvenience, but we these are official University of Helsinki credit units, and we take the validity of our certificates very seriously so that you can be very proud about earning them, even if it takes a bit longer.
I hope this answers many questions, and of course we'll be happy to answer more.
Congratulations to all who passed already and all who will do so in the future!
best wishes,
Teemu & the EoAI team
[edited June 15: A requirement for getting credits through the Open University is a Finnish national identification number, not being a Finnish resident.]
[edited June 21: Unfortunately, the holiday season of the University student services causes a break in registrations until the end of July.]
[edited June 22: Clarified the peer evaluation stages and emphasised that you need to submit enough peer feedback before your answers will be graded.]
[edited July 12: The text for submitted reviews updated after an upgrade of the course platform.]

June 11, 2018 at 1:12pm

Glad to hear! Thank you! :)

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Just received my certificate in mail earlier today. Thanks a ton ElementsOfAI team! Really appreciate the work you guys put in making such a beautiful course a success!

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Guys who have got ur certificates, post a snap/pic of it! (I am still waiting for mine btw :( )

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Slowpokes like me who haven't finished will get the certificates some time after finishing or is this a cut off date?

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Guys who have got ur certificates, post a snap/pic of it! (I am still waiting for mine btw :( )

Here you go https://certificates.mooc.fi/validate/dg5mw68adk8

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Slowpokes like me who haven't finished will get the certificates some time after finishing or is this a cut off date?

Yeah, you'll get yours shortly after finishing. We'll keep the doors open and wheels rolling continuously.

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Great, thank you

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Just to say I received my certificate, so proud :) thanks for opportunity :)

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Congratulations for all peers who finished course and got the certificates, good job guys :)

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Can some one help with a screenshot exactly where is "My profile page". All I can see is a course overview page.

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June 11, 2018 at 4:21pm

thanks for the information.

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should exclude Exercises 18 as well form grading as its has same issue as Ex 17

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I finished the course last week. Hope to receive my certificate soon.

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and great to hear about the people who received their certificates. Congratulations to all!!!

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should exclude Exercises 18 as well form grading as its has same issue as Ex 17

For Execise 17, the average score was about 25% while for Exercise 18, it was about 75%. Sort of grading on a curve, one is acceptable, the other is not.

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June 11, 2018 at 8:07pm

Thanks. Course seemed not completely finished, but it was fun to do and worked well to me. Great thing. Just go on and get it even better.

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Thanks. Course seemed not completely finished, but it was fun to do and worked well to me. Great thing. Just go on and get it even better.

thanks! that's the plan – always striving towards better. I'd find it scary to think that something like this is ever completely finished... like a perfect garden with no single weed to pick or tree to prune.

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Are the certificates going out in batches or do they get released in a constant flow?

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Currently in batches but we're trying to increase the rate at which we can send them out.

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Just received my completion certificate. Thanks for the great course, looking forward to the next one in 2019.

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June 12, 2018 at 2:03am

Thankx! I received my certification. It was very good experience. I am looking forward for the next course.

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June 12, 2018 at 7:56am

Thank you! So happy to have passed & receive the nice certificate.

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I am wondering, if I don’t get 50% correct in the excercises would it be possible to do the course again or possibly do some extra test so that I would pass the course?

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June 12, 2018 at 12:02pm

Currently in batches but we're trying to increase the rate at which we can send them out.

Hi! I have completed the course today. May I know when can I expect the certificates to be received...? Thanks in Advance!

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I am wondering, if I don’t get 50% correct in the excercises would it be possible to do the course again or possibly do some extra test so that I would pass the course?

Yes, of course.

In such an unfortunate case -- which I find quite unlikely -- you could reset the course progress and start over. But with the grading criteria above, if you have just done your best and focused, I'd be confident about not being in that situation.

This is of course not to say that anyone who may not get 50% correct, wouldn't have done their best as sometimes you can get really unlucky, make mistakes, or just happen to disagree with our answers. In that case a second attempt will be needed.

But in any case, we'll never put anyone in a dead-end situation where they couldn't pass and get their certificate.

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