In-class thoughts on education, writing, and assessment in the future

24 Sep

What is changing about education and where is it going?

  • We could be going in Raschke, Brown & Duguid route where everything goes online.
  • There will probably be a more diverse demographic (not 80% white anymore) (depending on which part of the country- more low income, English language learning students
  • Oregon state has asked the question, “how can we diversify?” Assessment might begin to reflect the same question. How do you make sure that the school serves the entire population?
  • There might be a greater move toward standardization, which is a move of fairness (birthed from No Child Left Behind; test-based accountably- initiation of a core curriculum).
  • The economy might improve, then we’ll have more money for humanities.
  • We’ll trend toward super-specialization; broad disciplines like sociology will split into much smaller, more specific disciplines. Professors will ask themselves what makes them distinct. More interdisciplinarity because of this ^
  • Composition might be delivered in different ways; that might coalesce into a situation where a student might be enrolled at FSU and enrolled via FSU online (the distinction will still be there though)
  • Online learning (for general education courses) will lose some of its stigma- because it will be more prevalent (with the exception of institutions like Phoenix and DeVry); hybrid courses will become more commonplace. (But there are certain degrees you just cant get online, like a med degree.
  • Instead of undergrad prep, high school students will become so accelerated that they’ll already have undergrad focuses and maybe even be preparing for grad school. They won’t enter college with an undeclared major. A lot of general education will be done in high school and by the time they enter college they’ll at least be ready to start work in their major.
  • Ivy leagues will become reserved for graduate students because everyone needs a college degree and the graduate degree is the new undergraduate degree.

Assessment predictions:

  • The SATs might become obsolete within the next 50 years.
  • Writing assessments, instead of being used to judge just writing, will be used to assess other things, like experiences with medicine, communities, leadership, their character traits.
  • If we move online, like Raschke suggests, how will that change our assessment practices? We’ll probably implement progress tracks. This might be tied back to the instructors.
  • We might trend toward using contracted module assessments (when instructors/administrators use a program like Blackboard as a portal to models where students are guided through graded online courses) in an effort to help students progress.
  • There might be a possible implementation of exit assessment to test learning and performance in students’ college tracks.

-Joe, Sarah, Jacob, Jeff, Amy, and Kendall

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