What is your policy on late work?
I've talked with some instructors who do not allow it. The reason they often give is that the student needs to learn a lesson by getting a zero.
However, in my opinion the primary thing my students should learn is the content of my course. Learning a life lesson about being on time is important but secondary to the material they study. If I don't allow late work then that student will never complete the assignment and never learn the material in it.
In the past I have deducted 10% per day late with a maximum of 50%. This way they still have some incentive to complete the work but still have a penalty for being late.
I started a new course this semester that has a lot of automatically graded quizzes. This prevents me from easily implementing my 10% deduction because if I grant special access to a quiz it will be graded automatically without penalty. If anyone knows a way around this I'd love to hear about it.
What do you think?