Reply To: Aggregation Woes and Systemic Compatibility (A conversation on Knowing the Learner)

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Mike Campito
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So, in your opinion then, aggregation can be useful in the circumstances where what could be construed as a larger learning goal is broken down into smaller, easier to track ones (or rather, the smaller learning goals that compose the aggregate all share a powerful commonality that is worth tracking in and of itself). Grading is not necessarily a negative force, but rather a tool such as any other, albeit one that is frequently misused. By making grading a more collaborative process, it can to some extent justify its usability in the educational system. Moreover, the distinction between assessment and grading is far more crucial than I initially gave it credit for, demonstrating a lack of appreciation for the individual functionality and practicality of either. Grading’s true value lies as a motivational force rather than as a punitive one, and using it as such will hopefully beget more honest participation from the student body as a whole. Moreover, shifting over to a focus on assessment allows for more personal growth from each individual student as well as a better tracking of a student’s current state, consequence free. Thank you.