« The future of MIT undergraduate education: a case study of disruption | Main | The UC system moves off in a dangerous direction »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

jackd. rollins

My reaction to this issue is easily put: (forget about credit hours--they are meaningless as any form of measurement, other than clock time) a grade is, and only should be, a reflection of the extent to which a student has mastered the material in the syllabus. You cannot grade a student on something that you have not taught him. It is his/her competency that should be the sole criterion for evaluation.

Lloyd comments: I agree with one caveat. The typical college syllabus gives very little information regarding the actual learning outcomes that are expected. Direct assessment clearly defines the learning outcomes expected for a course, and focuses on whether the student has mastered the material, rather than on how the student learned the material.

The comments to this entry are closed.


  • I publish new posts sporadically when the spirit moves me. If you are interested in receiving full texts of the new posts immediately, you can subscribe via your favorite news reader or have it emailed to you by clicking "subscribe" in the Navigation Bar just below the Blog title.

Questions or comments?

  • If you have questions or comments not related to a specific post, please feel free to email me using the button below:

Lloyd's Other Sites

Creative Commons

Blog powered by Typepad