Time for a new transcript

Wire: A Domain of One’s Own

While they remain students those blogs federate with other UMW blogs — and with blogs elsewhere, because teaching and learning don’t end at the university’s border.

To me, this truly is what a transcript from college should look like. Instead of a list of vague course titles and a one of two character evaluation (C, C+) you’d have some proof and depth of real understanding. As a student, I would leave with a portfolio that could help to get me to my next academic or employment destination. As an evaluator, I could read (watch, hear, interact) and make my own evaluation which I may or may not have agreed with an instructor’s final grade.
I recently did a presentation with a co-worker, Chris Beks, on incorporating the game mechanics of badging in a course (soon to be released as a modified and 1-page eLearning Teaching Tip). One of the strategies I was thinking about was to use badges and the specifically defined criteria around them, as a motivator for those students who will not end up with a fantastic final grade, but show successes along the way. I know there are students who have taken some of the DEVM math classes 3-5 times before passing or giving up. Perhaps if these students received badges for those successes or they were able to show their successes on their own domain, they could feel some satisfaction or motivation to do better. I also don’t believe you should get a “ribbon” just for showing up so you would have to be careful about how you, as the instructor, wrote your criteria.


Image: By Ianolivermartin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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