Hiding the Learner Leaderboard from students
Making it possible to hide or disable the Learner Leaderboard if professors don't want the students competing with one another.
Under consideration Suggested by: Kathryn Stegeman • Upvoted: 17 Feb • Comments: 2
I suggest that this be an option within Packback for those classes or students who are not incentivized by game theory. I teach a gender studies course with a small number of students and had a male student express concern about his being on the top of the leaderboard. He is worried that it might be perceived by other students as dominating the conversation when, in fact, he is just really engaged. Even though instructors tell students to ignore the Leaderboard, its presence can backfire and affect participation.
I have had multiple requests from students to turn off the leaderboard. What benefit is there to having a public list of names of students who are performing the worst? If you want to incentivize students to get more curiosity points, it would make sense to show the top portion of the list (maybe the top 10 of a class or the top 20% or something), but showing the bottom of the list only serves to make people feel bad.
I think the leaderboard should be an optional feature. Let instructors decide if they want to hide the leaderboard entirely, or show only the top X performers.