Jan 4, 2022Liked by David Clark

Really interesting, thanks David! I think the board games analogy is accurate too. Important to remember that specs grading etc are still "games" to the students, albeit better "games" than traditional grading.

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Mar 16, 2022·edited Mar 21, 2022

Interesting post! I'd be interested to hear more on your thoughts about the gaming analogy. I found a recent Ezra Klein podcast with C. Thi Nguyen to be an excellent source for thinking about games and (partially explicitly from the podcast) their relevance to grades: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/opinion/ezra-klein-podcast-c-thi-nguyen.html?

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Hi Daniel -- I just saw your comment! I haven't listened to the podcast yet. But I can say that the gaming analogy, for me, has one main point: It's a reminder that even the most extreme assessment systems (such as full-out ungrading) still are assessment systems. We can't pretend that students don't know that. I'm not saying that all assessment systems are the same, and definitely many systems are much better than traditional points. But our students have a lifetime's worth of experience "playing the game," and they will definitely see the game here.

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