Beyond the Grade: Digital Badges to Certify Learning

Grades are not the only way of assessing student work. There are a number of colleges and universities that have experimented with alternative approaches to the traditional letter grade. One such college, Reed College in Oregon, provides students with more detailed feedback and assessment in addition to grades. As stated in their Guidebook, “Students’ work is closely observed and frequently evaluated by instructors; the student and adviser then discuss these evaluations in individual conferences” (Reed College, n.d., para 2). Grades are de-emphasized. More qualitative, active feedback and discussion is promoted. As the… Read More

The Time JetBlue Gave Me A Special Valentine’s Day Gift

This is a story of one man’s love affair with an airline and how, on one special Valentine’s Day, they exchanged two special gifts. I fly JetBlue a lot and often tweet them here or there to ask a question, express an opinion, or just share them in a mention to my followers.  Anyone who’s followed JetBlue knows that they are highly regarded for their social media engagement and they’ve never disappointed me.  Much like the movie, Her, some of my friends have begun to question if our relationship is “unhealthy.”  Others… Read More