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.…

Around the Web: Time on Task

In the Washington Post last week, Daniel de Vise discussed new findings that the amount of time college students spend studying, reading or otherwise preparing for class is about 60% of what it used to be. Possible culprits include softer academic standards, increases in study efficiency thanks to technology, and more demands on students’ time…

Quote of the Day

“What is ‘understanding’ as a goal, and what does it demand of assessment and instruction? How can we achieve understanding (and other key educational goals) by design rather than by good fortune?” – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required to view lecture video

Around the Web: Grading Like Machines

Here we are: the point in the semester where many a dedicated instructor quails before the giant stack of papers on his or her desk. If your students are handing in their papers only a day or two before they leave campus, writing carefully considered comments can feel like putting a message in a bottle.…

Book Review: The Practice of University History Teaching

Alan Booth, Paul Hyland (eds.), The Practice of University History Teaching. Manchester University Press: Manchester 2000. Reviewed by Martin Kroher, Departmental Teaching Fellow in East Asian Languages and Civilizations At first glance the usefulness of the edited volume The Practice of University History Teaching might appear to be limited to teachers in degree programs in history…