Onto Something

I like the tenor of Dean Dad’s ideas about evaluation in his IHE column today. The keys are evidence and locating energies and incentives in the right places. Dean Dad is right, that it might be hard to reassign grading to other faculty for certain courses, and at higher levels — but enlisting the teacher on the students’ side over against the grader, and assessing outcomes based on well-shaped, well-aggregated evidence, that sound very promising indeed.

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  1. It’s also a good example of generous critical reading – pointing out some problems in the text being responded to, while still managing to assess its possibilities and successes in an honest, compelling way. Which is about what I think assessment can do, at its best.

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