August 25, 2019

Teaching Goes High-Tech With International Lab at UMW

Digital Pedagogy Lab 2019When Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel created Digital Pedagogy Lab, or DPL for short, they imagined it would be a permanent fixture wherever they were teaching. Now the UMW educators think of it as a roadshow. Shortly after its inception, they began traveling the globe, bringing the lab to tech-savvy teachers and those who […]

UNESCO explores digital tech and games for ‘more peaceful and sustainable societies’ (Venturebeat.com)

Grades Can Hinder Learning. What Should Professors Use Instead? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Stommel and Burtis Featured on Connected Teaching and Learning Blog

Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies Jesse Stommel and Digital Knowledge Center Director Martha Burtis’ recent EdSurge.com interview on Critical Digital Pedagogy was discussed on the Connected Teaching and Learning Blog. The author shared highlights from the interview, specifically focusing on their views on grading in the classroom. Read more. 

What Is Critical Digital Pedagogy, and Why Does Higher Ed Need It? (EdSurge.com)

Stommel and Burtis Interviewed on Critical Digital Pedagogy

Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies Jesse Stommel and Digital Knowledge Center Director Martha Burtis participated in EdSurge Live, a monthly online town hall about the future of education, presented by EdSurge Higher Education. In a discussion called “What is Critical Digital Pedagogy, and Why does Higher Ed need it,” Stommel and Burtis discussed the downsides of using letter grades and other relevant topics. Read more.

Stommel Discusses Grading and Assessment on Inside Higher Ed

Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies

Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies

Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, was quoted in an article entitled “When Grading Less is More” on Inside Higher Ed. “There are a surprising number of faculty questioning grades in productive ways, and experimenting with alternative modes of assessment,” said Stommel, an early proponent of ungrading. “If, as teachers, we just ask students why, when and how they learn, what we can get back is way more valuable than any standardized assessment mechanism can reveal.” Ungrading “creates space for that kind of honest reflection and dialogue,” he said. Read more.

 

Discussion Boards: Valuable? Overused? Discuss. (Inside Higher Ed)

Stommel Comments on Using Discussion Boards in Inside Higher Ed

Jesse Stommel, executive director of Teaching and Learning TechnologiesJesse Stommel

Jesse Stommel, executive director of Teaching and Learning Technologies

Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article that focused on whether discussions boards are valuable or overused in university courses. Stommel offers the following tips for using discussion boards: Build a community of care; Ask genuine, open-ended questions; Wait for answers; Let conversation wander; Model what it looks like to be wrong and to acknowledge when you’re wrong; Recognize that the right to speak isn’t distributed equally; Make listening visible.

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Turnitin to Be Acquired by Advance Publications for $1.75B (edsurge.com)