A quest for learning, unlearning and relearning…

Making a Case for Authentic Assessment

This video clip from New York City’s Urban Academy highlights some very important things to think about in our current education climate of stress, fear, blame, and unhealthy accountability. Although this setting is an urban one, there is no reason to withhold more meaningful and engaging forms of learning from any context just because students (and […]

What’s an Outsourced Education Worth to You?

The headline reads, “Some Papers Are Uploaded to Bangalore to Be Graded”. Lori Whisenant knows that one way to improve the writing skills of undergraduates is to make them write more. But as each student in her course in business law and ethics at the University of Houston began to crank out—often awkwardly—nearly 5,000 words […]

Doctors, Patients, Teachers, Assessment, Technology

The ABC News headline reads, “Teens Prefer Computers to Doctors“. This headline is somewhat deceptive, though. More accurately, teems may be more likely to share sensitive, high-risk and confidential information via a handheld computing system called the Health eTouch than they would in a face-to-face discussion with their doctor. One quotation that struck me from […]