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Howard Rheingold's Interview: "Assessment: Turning a Blunt Instrument Into a Powerful Learning Tool"

Howard Rheingold's Interview: "Assessment: Turning a Blunt Instrument Into a Powerful Learning Tool"

Virtual community pioneer and author Howard Rheingold recently sat down with Dean Shareski - Community Manager of the Canadian Discovery Educator's Network, and Lecturer at the University of Regina - to talk about how academic assessment doesn't have to just be "something adults do to students."

To view the full video interview, go to http://dmlcentral.net/blog/howard-rheingold/assessment-turning-blunt-ins....

You can also Follow Howard on Twitter at @hrheingold, and Dean Shareski at @shareski.

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Excerpts from "Assessment: Turning a Blunt Instrument Into a Powerful Learning Tool"

"That idea of assessment *as* learning: you're documenting what you're doing along the way, and reflecting upon that, and then being able to say: 'Hm, I need to change course here and I need to do things differently.' That's just not something that schools have been particularly good at [...] there's not a lot of emphasis on thinking about the learning."

"So many of my students still expect me, as the teacher, to the be the person that's always giving them feedback. I'm trying to suggest to them that there may be other students in your class who actually are giving you better feedback and are better resources for learning than I am."

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In what ways are you modifying learning assessments, and does Dean's "student-involved" model sound like something you'd like to implement?

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