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Re: "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1891  Friday, 13 September 2002

From:           Alberto Cacicedo <
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Date:           Thursday, 12 Sep 2002 11:13:36 -0400
Subject: 13.1887 Re: "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1887 Re: "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course

I agree with David Lindley when he says that the

>endless emphasis on assessment, marks, results is one of the things that
>is stifling students of this generation (they can never believe that in
>three years as an undergraduate in the late 60s I did not receive a
>single 'grade' for any piece of work except the final examination).  And
>therefore in using my university's home-grown equivalent to Blackboard I
>make a point of insisting that posts to the 'discussion rooms' are
>absolutely not assessed, but simply a means of initiating argument
>before a seminar and continuing it afterwards.  But it's very hard to
>get this through to students fearful of posting in case 'their' ideas
>get 'stolen' by one of their peers for assessed work.  Which is why I
>insist that at least one posting is compulsory in the first two or three
>weeks of a course - this works, and works quite well.  It's persuading
>them that there is intellectual benefit (rather than additional marks)
>in continuing the discussion for themselves that is difficult, and I've
>found only a minority of students ready to continue discussions under
>their own steam.

Unfortunately, my experience so far makes it so that my Panglossian
moments are few.

Alberto Cacicedo
Albright College

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