New HASTAC Forum

Today a new HASTAC forum was announced. It’s called Grading 2.0: Evaluation in the Digital Age.

The abstract for the forum says this:

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 endeavors. 

While this topic isn’t something I’m particularly interested in, I am excited to see what people come up with. It will be intriguing to see where the professors on HASTAC will take this conversation. I’m also hoping that standardized testing is talked about thoroughly, as recently there has been much debate about how they help prepare students and how they gauge intelligence. Specific studies of the SATs and GREs would be an interesting topic to look at.

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