Against Assessment: You Can't Measure The Unmeasurable

John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, Oct 27, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Looking at student work completed as part of course sounds much better than trying to create standardized assessments," writes John Warner.  But "the massification and standardization of this kind of assessment seems likely to hold many potentially bad unintended, but entirely foreseeable consequences." This sort of focus would shape teaching into certain types of 'best practice', which is the opposite of what classes should be like. "We should be keeping it as diverse and exploratory as possible," he says. For example, students must find meaning in assignments, and this depends on their individual preferences and needs.

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