August 9th, 2011
the Chronicle today:
best way to eliminate grade inflation is to take professors out of the grading
process: Replace them with professional evaluators who never meet the students,
and who don't worry that students will punish harsh grades with poor reviews.
That's the argument made by leaders of Western Governors University, which has
hired 300 adjunct professors who do nothing but grade student work.
think like assessors, not professors," says Diane Johnson, who is in
charge of the university's cadre of graders. "The evaluators have no
contact with the students at all. They don't know them. They don't know what
color they are, what they look like, or where they live. Because of that, there
is no temptation to skew results in any way other than to judge the students'
have recommended this myself in an article in The International Journal of
ePortfolio, in the issue to be release on August 15, 2011 (next week) at http://www.theijep.com.
Students developing evidence of their learning in eportfolios can can easily be
evaluated by educators other than the teacher. The trend toward
documentation of learning leads logically to the question, "why should
teachers both teach and grade?"