July 18, 2018

Market Changes, Missteps and Marylhurst’s Closure (Inside Higher Ed)

Battle over college course material is a textbook example of technological change (The Washington Post)

I’m Not Ready to Quit Grading (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

‘What Is Your Position on Citation?’ (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way? (NPR)

Stommel Talks About Student Performance

Jesse Stommel, executive director of Teaching and Learning Technology, was quoted in Elon News about student performance: “My anecdotal experience over 17 years of teaching is that my students are getting better and better and smarter and smarter,” Stommel said. “They are working harder and harder and I honestly believe that my students are performing better.” To read the article, visit http://www.elonnewsnetwork.com/article/2018/01/6tq9eytfgtzuuk1

Rising grades, rising concerns? (Elon News Network)

Stommel Provides Expertise for Inside Higher Ed

Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, was among a panel of digital experts who provided perspective for an Inside Higher Ed article about digital learning development. To read the article, go to “Predicting 2017’s Legacy.”

Predicting 2017’s Legacy (Inside Higher Ed)

Stommel Quoted in Inside Higher Ed

Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at UMW,  and founding director of the Hybrid Pedagogy journal, was quoted recently in Inside Higstommelher Ed. In the article, “Do Professors Need Automated Help Grading Online Comments?,” Stommel said that he found Blackboard’s proposal to evaluate student writing in this way to be alarming. “There is certainly space for technology to help us create dialogue in an online class, but using a technology to assess the success of a discussion, ultimately it reduces student engagement to a rote series of behaviors. ‘Write a comment of 60 words, citing two sources, responding to at least one of your classmates’ — those kinds of behaviors do not make a discussion successful. They’re arbitrary markers.”