11 August 2009

Crowdsourcing: The New Peer Evaluation

The Chronicle introduced Duke prof Cathy Davidson's new grading scheme with this quote by Davidson: "In school systems today, we’re putting more and more emphasis on quantitative assessment in an era when, out of the classroom, students are learning through an entirely different way of collaboration, customizing, and interacting."

All true, although perhaps a nod to the purpose of assessment could be made. That's included in Davidson's blog on the subject. She will use crowdsourcing for the peer interaction that will inform grades (which will be outlined on a chart).

A reply to the blog that I especially liked: gharp's August 8, 11:49pm entry called "Gaming Grading." Moving students to peer evaluation and self-evaluation has high value. And is much more difficult than simply grading them, oneself.

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