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Looking like you are helping vs. actually helping

I recently finished reading Nickel and Dimed, which describes author Barbara Ehrenreich’s experience spending a year (trying to) live on income only earned through minimum wage jobs. For part of the year, she worked for a housecleaning service. During her … Continue reading

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“Accredible:” a new online service to document mastery of a particular (online) course or skill

Typically, upon successful completion of a MOOC (massive open online course) through a provider such as Coursera, students are provided a certificate of accomplishment stating that the student has successfully completed the course. For example, here is my statement of … Continue reading

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False proxies are annoying

sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/11/avoiding-the-false-proxy-trap.html False proxies are results that are easy to measure and appear on the surface to be related to actual success of a person, program, or organization. The idea is that the higher these measurements seem, the greater the success … Continue reading

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Student data for pattern-seeking, not just assessing

It is not news that, in the last decade, the use of data (often based on standardized test scores) has exploded. In addition to being used to assess how well students have learned the material for a particular class, student … Continue reading

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