Friday, February 22, 2013

Just Add Rubrics?

Jonathan Rees points out Daphne Koller's belief that the right rubric is all that is needed for students to do rigorous peer reviews in MOOC courses.  She almost has to espouse such a view since she's one of Coursera's founders, but it boggles the mind to think that she might actually believe this.  That attitude so diminishes the role of college instructors and the complexity of the material presented, that it's hard to take seriously.  I mean really, is she just another cynical CEO or politician trying to suck the profit out of education while killing its value, or does she really think that students who don't see a problem with plagiarism or using Wikipedia as their only source of information can reliably grade each other's work? I know she was on the faculty at Stanford, but has she never been in a regular college or community college classroom?  Who do these people think they're kidding?

I’m speechless. | More or Less Bunk

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