Outsourced Grading

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Sept 22, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

You can be sure academics will respond, as one commenter already has, that grading is an integral part of teaching. But there comes a point, as it did for me when I taught, when grading comes to be measured in vertical feet, and represents a burden, not an opportunity. Anyhow, this pilot, launched by Kentucky’s community colleges this fall, may represent the thin edge of the wedge. If teaching is indeed separated from evaluation, as I have been projecting for some time, then credentialing will, naturally, follow the evaluators. What will universities do then, when they no longer have a monopoly on credentials?
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