For starters, it is SO awesome that someone from Germany is reading my blog! Thank you SO much for commenting and I am very happy to have you join the conversation.
I think you are right, that there are all types of students, and I certainly don’t mind that this professor is not going to have an attendance policy because it is true that some students don’t need to attend every class to get a good grade.
What I am worried about was brought up by Grayer, in a recent comment. I am concerned that this method could possibly become rather biased. It is based on the arbitrary opinion of this professor’s sense of what is satisfactory. I mean honestly, I couldn’t tell you what that word MEANS in terms of grading a paper. Also the terms “Advanced Knowledge”. What does this professor consider advanced knowledge?
Without clear rubrics and without a way to tally up all of a student’s work it is almost impossible to apply a final grade, or to defend a final grade if a student wishes to grade appeal.
I understand that you have to base grades on the work, but I think part of making up a rubric an a percentage system is to eliminate any sense of teach bias.