June 16, 2010: A Voice from the Back of the Room

Mark Guzdial recently posted another thought-provoking piece, this one about how teachers are biased toward assessing a class's progress by their interactions with its brightest students, and how important it is to assess understanding systematically to find out what's actually going on. We're still wrestling with this in Software Carpentry: what can we put on the web to help students determine whether they have understood a particular topic and are ready to move on?

What else could we do? How else could we help you figure out whether you're ready to move on to the next topic, or ought to review this one again?

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This post originally appeared in the Software Carpentry blog.