[Humanist] 23.448 HASTAC on grading

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 448.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 10:01:56 -0500
        From: hastac-web at duke.edu
        Subject: Grading 2.0: Evaluation in the Digital Age!

Wow! Our HASTAC Scholars are at it again! Their newest forum on evaluation in
the digital age has been up for less than 24 hours and there are already 65
comments! Check it out and join the conversation.

http://www.hastac.org/scholars [1]

*Are current grading and assessment techniques keeping up with how students
learn and what they need to know? How can digital media be used to develop
new grading and assessment strategies?*
The latest HASTAC Scholars Forum is up and running, and this time we're
exploring the possibilities of new evaluation and assessment strategies in
light of what digital media can now offer, the kinds of skills and knowledge
students need, and the ever-changing landscape of education and academia.
What's your strategy for grading today?

*Grading 2.0: Evaluation in the Digital Age* recognizes that, as the
educational and cultural climate changes in response to new technologies for
creating and sharing information, educators have begun to ask if the current
framework for assessing student work, standardized testing, and grading is
incompatible with the way these students should be learning and the skills
they need to acquire to compete in the information age. Many would agree that
its time to expand the current notion of assessment and create new metrics,
rubrics, and methods of measurement in order to ensure that all elements of
the learning process are keeping pace with the ever-evolving world in which
we live. This new framework for assessment might build off of currently
accepted strategies and pedagogy, but also take into account new ideas about
what learners should know to be successful and confident in all of their

*How do we better align grading and assessment techniques so that they are
more in line with how students learn today?* The traditional 'teach to the
test' evaluation paradigm continues to produce a classroom experience that
focuses on specifically 'testable' results. That testing paradigm is also
disconnected from all of the creative, production, remixing, and networking
skills that students are developing through their everyday engagement with
new media. Another issue is that the traditional assessment system tends to
measure students individually and via multiple-choice and written-response
questions. As teaching practices evolve to include more team-based projects
that involve the use of smart tools to solve problems or communicate ideas,
it will become increasingly difficult to assess students in the traditional
ways. Furthermore, current widely-used tests are not designed to gauge how
well students apply their knowledge to new situations.
*In addition, how can digital media be used to develop new grading and
assessment strategies?* There is clearly a great amount of interest in
developing new technologies, and new forms of pedagogy, to better reflect
grading, peer interaction and learning in the digital age -- we look forward
to hearing your thoughts!

*We will be covering a wide range of topics, including:*

Technology & Assessment
Assignments & Pedagogy
Can everything be graded?
Assessing the assessment strategies
Current strategies and experiments

Please help us think through these questions, experiments and strategies by
logging on now: http://www.hastac.org/scholars [2]. Please note that you must
be a member of the HASTAC community to participate. Everyone is welcome to
join - simply register here (http://www.hastac.org/user/register [3]).

We look forward to hearing from you!

The HASTAC Scholar forum hosts:

*Dixie Ching*
Doctoral Student, Educational Communication & Technology
New York University

*John Jones *
Assistant Instructor
University of Texas at Austin

*Matthew R. Straus*
Statistics/Math Major
Duke University

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) is
an online community of over 3,000 scholars, designers and technologists who
are interested in discussing socially important issues related to digital

Fiona Barnett
Director, HASTAC Scholars
Ph.D. candidate
Literature Program and Women's Studies
Duke University
fiona.barnett at duke.edu [4]

[1] http://www.hastac.org/scholars
[2] http://www.hastac.org/scholars
[3] http://www.hastac.org/user/register
[4] mailto:fiona.barnett at duke.edu

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