Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I like the thinking here that suggests that traditional practices ought to be studied as rigorously for effectiveness as new practices. And grading is a well-established older practice that bears scrutiny. Unfortunately, this article is more of a marketing campaign for a book than it is a consideration of the evidence about grading; we have to take the word of author Joe Feldman for it, and of course the book is nothing like open access so we can't check for ourselves. Now there's a lot of literature on grading - different grading schemes, different interpretations of 'effectiveness', different research methods - and I would be utterly surprised if the consensus were as simple as represented in this article.

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