Remove the "compare yourself to other students in class" function.
I recently learned, to my horror, that LS has a default setting to let students see their score in comparison to other students (as opposed to tracking their own performance). That's bad enough (a comparison culture is unhealthy), but then LS also tells them things like "you're the best in class" or "you're the worst in class - better luck next time." I cannot say how badly this has gone for students (once they let me know it was happening!). I can turn it off, but I have to remember to do that each semester. Please, either remove it, or require people opt in, instead of opting out. And please just consider removing it - no students are motivated by it in my experience - they just feel guilty and shamed.
This enhancement request has been ticketed.
Enhancement Request #8450.
Adam Aposhian commented
This should not be a default setting. It should only be able to be enabled by professors. Otherwise, student scores are being released to other students without consent of the students or the professors, which seems to be a clear violation of FERPA.
I'm deeply troubled by the view of class statistics available to students. Recently students told me what they see with this feature and how it almost invariably sinks their morale. That they can see where they are in relation to other members of the class might be okay (maybe) in a large class, but in small classes the student who gets the 64 when everyone else gets 85 and above is just demoralized by this information. And the statement , "That's you!" for the outlying student (bad or good) is equally demotivating and demoralizing to students. I spend so much time trying to deprogram them from thinking their grades are a statement about their worth as human beings, that it is disheartening to discover that LS is giving the opposite message. Even if a student got a 64 when everyone else got an 85, that isn't them, that is merely a grade they got.
Now that I know this is what students see I've opted out of "view statistics", but I'm philosophically opposed to it being available at all as I think it encourages unhealthy attitudes about grades, competition, and fellow students. I would ask you to discontinue the feature (at least in student view). Barring that, I'd ask you to remove the language that reinforces their grades = them.