Provide an optional final. This is a collection of questions pulled from the weekly quizzes. It your course is scored out of 1000 points, this final could be worth, say, 100-150 points.
This relieves you of negotiating every missed quiz or assignment. Students all want an exception made for them, so instead, tell them not to worry. They can make up those 20 points by taking the optional final.
It also serves as a nice review of the course.
Obviously, not every instructor can do this, but giving students choice is an idea that can be applied to other areas of teaching.
I just like the idea that some students may decide to forgo the final if, for instance, they’ve already scored above 940 points during the semester, which would qualify as an A! Something to think about next term as we think ahead.
Thanks to Lisa P., who teaches for the Film program @UCF Nicholson School of Communication and Media, for this tip!
Might an optional final work for your course? Leave comments below.