Students: not dumber but dedicated

UK“Tools for university students are much improved and competition is much tougher – of course they do better … Years ago students might finally get a reading list three weeks into a course, and on requesting the course book from the university library were told that someone else had it. Now the electronic version of the reading list is available before the course starts. And forget about going to the library: the key readings are likely to be downloadable to your laptop without getting out of bed. As will be the handouts and slides for the lectures you missed, and, often, lecture notes, sample tests, model answers and study guides. If none of this had pushed up student achievement, well, that would be a scandal …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 3 August]

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