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Defining Success in a CBE Program

.@PhilOnEdTech @tedcurran Another challenge – what do you do with a learner who only masters 70% of outcomes? Today, we rely on pass/fail — Mike Sharkey (@mjshark) May 13, 2015 Thanks for asking, Mike. I can’t tell from your tweet whether you’re referring to 70% of outcomes grades in a course, vs. getting 70% of […]


Robo-Grading Essays with EdX Discern: A Middle Path with Our New Robot Overlords

Recently MOOC provider EdX unveiled Discern, a tool for automatically grading written student work like essays and short answer questions. The NY Times article aptly captures the resulting hullabaloo from all sides as people envision a world where robots grade students’ papers. Proponents of robo-grading point to the prompt feedback and scalability that it brings […]


Saving Universities in the Era of MOOCs: How Service-Oriented Schools can Add Value in the Online Learning Boom

This past year has brought a massive amount of attention to Massive Open Online Courses, and much speculation about what they mean for traditional institutions of learning. The education and technology blogosphere have been breathlessly predicting the end of the world for traditional, brick-and-mortar universities and colleges as elite institutions like MIT, Stanford, Harvard and […]

Badges?!? Do We Need Any Stinking Badges?!??

This post was originally written as a response to Kyle M. Jones’ posting on TheCorkboard.org entitled “Digital Learning and Badges“ in which he calls for greater discussion around using “badges” to certify student learning online. Here is my response: Everything I’ve heard is that badges are designed to take the place of the diploma– but […]

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