Grudge matches

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 10th, 2019 by steve

“One of the things that students find most puzzling about university exams is that markers (or graders for US friends) can give high marks to well argued, well referenced answers with which they strongly disagree. This is perhaps helped by the fact that in Cambridge, in my faculty at least, exams are not regularly marked by those who taught the course …” (more)

[Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement, 9 January]

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Do academics need pseudonyms to protect their freedom?

Posted in Research on November 14th, 2018 by steve

“In 2012, the bioethicist Francesca Minerva published a paper she co-authored entitled ‘After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?’ The research concluded that new-borns have the same ‘moral status’ as foetuses, and ethically speaking can therefore be killed in all cases where abortion is permissible. The media picked up the argument for ‘killing inconvenient babies’, as the Guardian put it …” (more)

[Anoosh Chakelian, New Statesman, 14 November]

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Blind marking ‘does little’ to reduce student attainment gaps

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“The anonymous marking of exam scripts has little impact on closing the achievement gap between students of different genders and ethnicities, new research suggests. Many universities have introduced blind marking in recent years in response to the underperformance of undergraduates from ethnic minorities and male learners in assessment …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 29 August]

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NUIG to drop students’ names from exam papers amid bias concerns

Posted in Teaching on June 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway will no longer require students to put their names on exam papers amid concern over marking bias. The college’s academic council has approved a proposal to introduce anonymous marking which will commence in the new academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 June]

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Are online aliases ever justified in academic debate?

Posted in Research on June 7th, 2012 by steve

“Have you encountered a sock puppet recently? The answer is probably yes even if you never knew. I met one (well several) the other day and it was quite an experience – a bit like getting mugged by a chimera …” (more)

[Simon Tanner, Guardian Professional, 7 June]

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Against Anonymity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2009 by steve

UK“… Though fear of persecution or imprisonment might not persuade academics today to hide their identity from their audience, fear of retaliation surely does. Some academics fear that negative — or even positive — comments about their colleagues will lead to retaliation from them. This, in turn, leads many contemporary academics to voice their comments from behind the veil of anonymity. Or, worse yet, convinces them to alter their comments because they are not anonymous. The practice of anonymous critical assessment is relatively common and widely accepted in the academy. So too is the understanding that some non-anonymous comments by academics may not be reflective of their true opinions …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Di Leo, Inside Higher Ed, 7 July]