- Hard Deadline. PRO- uniform, no favoritism, can post HW Solutions or go over HW in class as soon as it is handed in. CON- there could be legitimate reasons for lateness that are short of a doctors note. CON- you want the student to DO the HW even if it will be late. CON- you need to be TOUGH to say NO.
- Moral Deadline (what I do, see last post). Same as Hard Deadline, but its a bit easier to say NO.
- Penalty for lateness. PRO- the students will still do the HW. CON- delay in posting solution. CON- slackers are still slackers. ODDITY- the penalty is supposed to discourage lateness. But it may encourage it (gee, 10% off if I hand it in one day late. OKAY, its a deal)
- Look at late HW only if they affect the final grade. PRO- less to look at likely, CON- Don't really want to keep track of these things. CON- student may not be discouraged from handing things in late.
- Only count (say) 10 of the 12 HWs, and have HARD DEADLINES. PRO- same as HARD DEADLINE. CON- students will blow off 2 HW's, possibly the last two which may be important for the final. CAVEAT- raises the much bigger question of whether to treat students like adults or like ...students.
- Students get x number of late days (this one was new to me). PRO- well defined rule, flexible but no favoritism. CON- delay in posting solutions. CON- keeping track of it.
- If you miss a HW then the others will count more (up to some limit). PRO- uniform. CON- students may still miss some HW they should do.
- HW are OPTIONAL. PRO- they sink or swim on their own. CON- they sink or swim on their own.
Which of these work best? Depends alot on the school and the course and even the profs willingness to say NO.