Returning to learning

So this week Turnitin announced their automated marking service.  My first reaction was to groan and wonder how long it would be before we were asked if we’d be supporting the service.  Then Scott said something that made me think …

So I propose a new model of assessment to please the bureaucrats.

1. Set the students and assignment and tell them that they can use any text generator they want.  Here’s one and here’s another and another. There’s plenty to choose from – the main thing is that this should not take time.

2. Upload all the submissions to the Turnitin Scoring Engine. Tweak the resulting grades as required to suit your students.

3. Get back to teaching what students need to know, not what is assessable.

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