What are the assumptions behind MOOC, in particular peer assessment and grading?

Sui Fai John Mak, IBM Developer Works, Jul 11, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Assessment in MOOCs is a hard question (assessment is a hard question genrally). The criticism of MOOCs is that someone (or something) other than a professor is doing the assessment, and "that’s the fatal flaw of these arrangements." But even though much of the assessment in the traditional classroom is performed by teaching assistants, the argument has merit. Assessment is a general problem, not just a MOOC problem. For the most part, there's no evidence to suggest it's done any better in traditional fora than it is done in MOOCs.

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