Exemplary Video-Based Argument

Last week, I posted about some of the multimedia assessment guidelines we’re developing in the Graduate Multimedia Fellows Seminar. This week, I’d like to try to apply those guidelines to a professional video clearly intended to communicate an academic-style argument. Mike Rugnetta of PBS’s Idea Channel posts new videos once a week investigating “connections between pop…

Last Minute Learning: Assessing the All-Nighter

We’ve all been there: you walk into class with an utterly splendid lesson plan. What discussion activities you have planned! What exciting, insightful, yet accessible questions you have prepped! What engrossing and provocative issues you have to discuss! You can hardly wait to begin. Let’s go! And then it all just fizzles out. Your activities…

The Science of Student Ratings

In early June, the Bok Center hosted a talk by Dr. Samuel T. Moulton, Director of Educational Research and Assessment at Harvard University and part of the team implementing the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. Dr. Moulton reviewed the research (more than 4000 articles!) that underlies the design and implementation of student ratings systems.…

A Truly Creative Assignment

I received this announcement from the Program in General Education and wanted to share it with our readers as one example of a thoughtfully designed, creative assignment: The teaching staff and students of Culture and Belief 12, “For the Love of God and His Prophet: Religion, Literature, and the Arts in Muslim Cultures,” invite you to the opening…

How Do We Measure Learning?

What if every exam-based class in college started with the final exam? Students would file into the lecture hall (or multimedia interactivity space) on day one and take the test. Their teacher(s) would then use the students’ responses to gauge – immediately and precisely – what kinds of prior knowledge and experience they’ve brought into…

A Reader Writes . . .

Frequent Bok Blog contributor and PhD candidate in Music Matthew Mugmon recently pointed me to a new technology, meant to facilitate classroom discussion. GoSoapBox is a customizable response tool that teachers can use to solicit real-time information from students – who no longer have to raise their hands. The idea is that students will feel less self-conscious…