Correlation – or cause and effect?

I’ve just noticed something interesting on the eTMA system for this year’s course.  And before anyone asks, I’ve just checked to see if my mark for TMA06 is back, which of course it can’t be because the submission deadline hasn’t passed yet, but it doesn’t stop me checking. I’m not obsessed at all. Definitely not.

My assignment scores are strongly correlated to the time of day I submitted them. My lowest assignment score was submitted earliest at about 6.20pm; my highest score was submitted latest at about 10.30pm. I hadn’t noticed this before I submitted TMA06, but on that basis it should get my second highest mark – which would be very nice indeed with respect to my OCAS score!

I’m hoping that this really is cause and effect at work – rather than just one of those weird correlations. If so, on next year’s course, I’ll be submitting them all at 11.59pm …

 

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