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My quick thoughts, back stage, and rants as I try to Teach kids about the Web while learning how to help others build a better Web.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Embracing Subjectivity | Hybrid Pedagogy

There is a difference between perceiving objectivity and neutrality as “higher” values to strive for, and recognizing that we cannot reach them. That’s my friend. By contrast, I argue that subjectivity is the human condition. Everything else that attempts to be objective or neutral is pretense. It is inauthentic. It is not even something I strive towards.

When teaching, putting a number on a grade doesn’t make things more objective. Creating a rubric doesn’t make things more objective, either. There are values behind our choices of what to give grades for and how much weight we give them. And that’s ok.

dialogical, emergent understanding that is not based on pre-defined rubrics or arbitrary numbers and letters. It also suggests an openness to questioning what it means when we emphasize certain things in a grade

Greg McVerry

If Freire Made a MOOC: Open Education as Resistance | Hybrid Pedagogy

Thesis #1: A course is a conversation, not a static reservoir or receptacle for content.

Thesis #2: Education cannot be compulsory. The work of learning starts with agency.

Thesis #3: Best practices are snake oil.

Thesis #4: Outcomes should give way to epiphanies.

Thesis #5: Learning should not be structured to conform to assessment mechanisms

Thesis #6: In education, we rise and fall together.

Greg McVerry

The Tangle of Assessment | Hybrid Pedagogy

At its worst, an online class can become an exercise in data entry, where the quality of student work and learning becomes conflated with scores organized neatly into a spreadsheet. The neat and tidy columns of the LMS (whether D2L, Blackboard, etc.) create a false security, cramming the “tangle” Elbow describes into an artificial sense of order and clarity.

Clay Shirky observes in his recent books Cognitive Surplus and Here Comes Everybody that digital culture does not just create new ways to work, it gives us the extra set of hands and eyes to consider addressing different goals, new “whys” to work.

If we are working towards different goals, skills sets, and eventual application, our system of assessment should adapt to this evolution.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

BAD IDEAS ABOUT WHAT GOOD WRITING IS

just found one of my textbooks for my class moving online this semester.