mcmorgan + assessment   16

Measuring Proficient Teachers Codifies Bad Teaching | the becoming radical
Proficiency is adherence to the rubric, as competency is adherence to the rules. But when rubrics are mandated, when their use is made a required part of evaluation, then the mandators are over-extending their reach into teaching and learning. I'm looking at you, HLC.

> Rubrics, they argue, ultimately fail complex human behaviors such as writing. While rubrics facilitate statistical aspects of measuring human behaviors (such as teaching and learning), by doing so, they also tend to erode the quality of the very behaviors being measured.

> As a writing teacher, I can confirm Wilson’s and Kohn’s critiques that student writing conforming to a rubric and thus deemed “proficient” or “excellent” can be and often is quite bad writing. Rubric-based labels such as “proficient” reflect compliance to the rubric, not writing quality.
rubrics  educationasproduct  assessment_as_sham  assessment 
december 2016 by mcmorgan
E-Portfolios Are Not the Fitbit of Higher Education
I'm forever dubious of e-portfolios, esp as they tend to be forever trumpeted by those who don't use them. Students: get your own domain, keep a blog and a wiki, set your own terms. "e-portfolios come to represent the Fitbits of higher education, then we will have utterly failed our students."
efolios  assessment  corporateculture  corporatecrawl 
january 2016 by mcmorgan
Can the Student Course Evaluation Be Redeemed?
Takes a broad look at student evals across the country and across fields. Seeking an alternative to student evals: "He cast doubt on their validity and reliability, proposing that instead, professors complete an inventory of the research-based teaching practices they use." Looks at IDEA student ratings system, and critiques it lightly. Comments support IDEA.

IF the idea is to guide the faculty in develop=ing a better course, then IDEA would make a fair model to use. But if that's how it's used, there is no reason to report to administration semester by semester.
student_evaluation  assessment 
december 2015 by mcmorgan
Questioning Student Evaluations
A report on two studies, one that illustrates that student evals don't measure teaching effectiveness but measure presentation - not the same thing. The second finds that the better the professors were when measured by student grades and performance, the lower the rating from the students.
evaluation  student_evaluation  assessment  assessment_as_sham 
december 2015 by mcmorgan
Harmonizing Learning and Education -e-Literate
large OV in response to Cormier, Downes, et al concerning active learning, course design, lib Ed. The title says it all, but here's some more: "This is partly a workplace argument. It’s an economic value argument. It’s a public good argument. If Dave is right, then people who care about learning are going to be better at just about any job you throw at them than people who don’t. This is a critical argument in favor of public funding of a liberal arts education, personalized in the old-fashioned sense of having-to-do-with-individual-persons, that much of academia has ceded for no good reason I can think of. The sticky wicket, though, is accountability which, as Dave points out, is the main reason we have a schism between learning and education in the first place
pedagogy  assessment  coursedesign  culture 
january 2015 by mcmorgan
Alternatives to the Growing Corporate Model of Education and Educational Assessment
With corporate assessment comes corporate devaluing. Faculty write the book ok. "In addition, and this is rather odd, assessment places an extremely high value on conformity. This is odd because we’re seeing it arise right now in a culture that, at the same time, is on the verge of deifying the concept of individualism–of doing it all on one’s own."
assessment  corporatecreep 
may 2014 by mcmorgan
Academic assessment gone mad | Times Higher Education
No, seriously. When a trend becomes so easily satirized, it's time to abandon it. Emperor and clothes.
february 2014 by mcmorgan
The Two Cultures of Educational Reform - Stanley Fish
Fish weighs in on evaluation kulture, with "Not only is there no right answer when the subject is Melville, there’s no right question, just the undesigned and often circuitous process of turning the object of your attention this way and that way until something arresting emerges, and then you do it again, without the programmed prompting of any deus ex machina. How can you measure or preplan that? You can’t, and so much the worse for Melville, who will just have to be left behind, along with a great deal else that belongs to the culture of art and intuition." Actually, the piece is gracious in critique - exemplar
fyc  assessment  DH  pedagogy 
august 2013 by mcmorgan
Machine Scoring Fails the Test
Damn. NCTE makes more work for students and teachers by finding - surprise - that computers can score accurately only texts written to the computer's algorithm. And so now we even have to adapt our human assessment to human possibilities. Just when I thought we could simply teach Best Practices and call it a day.
machinegrading  assessment 
may 2013 by mcmorgan
22 Thoughts on Automated Grading of Student Writing | Inside Higher Ed
I love this stuff. The idea that teaching and evaluating written work can be done as a computer algorithm. Why? Reading is boring. Automate now. I have videos to watch. "7. The only motivations for even experimenting, let alone embracing automated grading of student writing are business-related."
de  xmooc  assessment 
april 2013 by mcmorgan
Learning outcomes are corrosive
Our dirty little secret: we use learning outcomes as boilerplate. But they are not benign.

"Yet learning outcomes are not just another banal instrument deployed to monitor and quantify the achievements of students. The very purpose of this organisational instrument is to accomplish a shift in emphasis from learning to outcomes. This is a technique through which a utilitarian ethos to academic life serves to diminish what would otherwise be an open-ended experience for student and teacher alike. Those who advocate learning outcomes do so expressly with the aim of abolishing such experiences, which is why they so vociferously target anything that smacks of ambiguity."

Take that LibEd. Take that MnSCU. I shall make a link to this post part of my learning outcomes.
learningoutcomes  assessment 
february 2013 by mcmorgan
Issues in developing and implementing e-Portfolios
Info graphic and summary of a longer report. Tension between purposes, where assessment trashes making. "Many organisations are looking to some form of e-Portfolio to meet this need. Yet there is a tension between the use of e-portfolios to record and reflect on learning, as a tools for learning itself and as a means to assessment."
portfolios  eportfolios  assessment 
february 2013 by mcmorgan
COURSE GUIDE: E-learning and digital cultures
Kudos to U Edinburgh. Excellent guide and model for a guide. Notable for the reach of their course goals, and for the assessment of those goals using a lifestream, pp 7ff.
e-learning  borndigital  course  assessment  de 
december 2012 by mcmorgan
Atlassian's big experiment with performance reviews
how "HR Best Practice'. Twice a year, people would review themselves and their peers via 360-degree reviews" suck. take a hint, HR. i rated a colleage using 360 once. bogus scientific accuracy.
wikis  HR  assessment  #bsu 
july 2012 by mcmorgan
Stephen Downes: Deinstitutionalizing Education
Go, Stephen: "While a great deal of virtual ink has been spilled over the need to reform our schools and universities, I think we need to question how we manage education altogether. For it is manifest that the institution, the form in which we have managed education and society in general, has ultimately come to failure." This article is difficult to summarize, but it places institutionalized ed in there with corporate greed, exploitation, outsourcing, and powerlessness. And my university says, "Education is broken because we don't assess." Ed is broken alright, but it's broken like corporations are.
#plenk2010  assessment  openeducation  open_learning  ple 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
Grading Classroom Participation Rhetorically
students defend their participation with evidence.
october 2010 by mcmorgan

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