Beyond the Seminar Paper @ CUNY Grad Center (2011)

I spoke with Mark Sample at the CUNY Grad Center about means of assessing non-traditional classroom assignments.

Tuesday October 18, 2011, 6:30-8:30pm, Room 6496, CUNY Graduate Center

By exploring how new technologies might function as teaching tools or platforms on which students can demonstrate their learning, we expand the means and ends of education. With this increasing openness of pedagogical forms comes the responsibility to justify our choices and develop new forms of criticism and modes of assessment. Using several of my own courses as examples, I’ll address the challenges and potential benefits of holding students, and ourselves, accountable for the choices we make in our classrooms and advising relationships. I’ll focus on the value of (1) student documentation of their learning process, and in particular (2) students’ justification of their chosen methods and modes of presentation; (3) collaborative development of criteria for evaluation; and (4) connecting our work in the classroom to larger public problems and public institutions. Here are my slides, and here’s a video of my talk.