Tag: crowdsourced grading

Innovative but frightening grading system

Cathy Davidson, a co-founder of HASTAC, began eating her own “dog food” back in 2009 when it came to changing how she graded her students. It reflects the change digital humanists are reacting to in the academy–that is, the way students are learning and the need for institutions to change, primarily focusing on collaborative learning efforts. Her article, “How to Crowdsource Grading” (http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/how-crowdsource-grading), is an interesting and exciting idea where students agree to a contract for what kind of grade they want, and are evaluated by their peers as well as fulfilling the obligations of their particular contract. And as excited as I am to see this experiment, I can’t help but be nervous for her. And, I can’t help but wonder how much time this requires setting up and educating students about the process. And how much push-back her administration gives her. Also, I wonder how much depends on the type of class–would it work for a Freshman Comp course? I’ve tried “group essays” for the last year and have had mixed results. Typical Davidson, though, it sounds like it’s working great for her. But I wonder more than anything, how much the success of her system is really dependent upon her own personality within the class.