What?! No Deadlines on Assignments?!

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes A common kind of complaint among many HE faculty: My student comes with a long story about why they need an extension on an assignment. I have already gone to some lengths to make sure my students have plenty of … Continue reading

Another example of the Randomness of Grades

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems | The Huffington Post Source: I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems | The Huffington Post This is an example of the actual author … Continue reading

The Randomness of Grades: Are all ‘B’s the Same?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Last time we looked at how different a score of 75% can be, depending on which 75% the student got right in an exam where the questions are ‘perfectly balanced’. BUT, what if the exam ISN’T perfectly balanced. What if, … Continue reading

The Randomness of Grades: What is an ‘A’ Student?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute We all have a sense of what an ‘A’ Student is. They are the ones who have earned our top marks, of course. But comparing our own personal ‘A’s with that of other faculty quickly becomes problematic. All those complaints … Continue reading

Grades: The Random Factor, Problem 2

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Problem 1, as outlined yesterday is that we really have no objective way of ensuring that our exams actually ‘cover’ the course content. Now, what about exams from the student’s perspective? I know, I know, tons of people have talked … Continue reading

Grades: The Random Factor

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes How much of your students’ grades in your courses is subject to random chance? Is your first reaction a defensive one? “Why, NONE, of COURSE!” We all like to think we are assessing our students fairly, and that the grades … Continue reading

5 mistaken differences between education games and the gamification of education

Approximate Reading Time: 6 minutes And 12 ways in which these ideas are problematic. Gamification is generally defined as the use of game design elements in non-game contexts. Fair enough. But this is pretty much where the article goes off the rails. (She’s not alone). … Continue reading

Would You Buy This Book: Death to Deadlines….

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Death to Deadlines: Gamification and Other Subversive Thoughts on Formal Education With any luck at all, this book will save you countless hours heading down rabbit holes. While you might find something wonderful in those rabbit holes, this book will … Continue reading