Dean Freeman Says Technology Is Failing Student Assessments

in Dean Freeman, News, Students
October 11th, 2013

Dean’s thoughts featured in Wall Street Journal‘s “The Experts”

Once again joining the conversation on “The Experts,” the Wall Street Journal‘s online portal that hosts video chats and short online posts from an exclusive group of industry and thought leaders, Dean Freeman responded to the prompt: What technological innovation would you like to see in the classroom?

Dean Freeman focused on innovating the individual student’s classroom experience, noting the difference in learning and retention rates among students—and the lack of attention paid to them. He says in the post:

Innovations that help personalize the individual student’s classroom experience.

The conventional classroom experience is based on the premise that all students learn at the same pace and in the same way. Professors enter class, lecture (or engage in a case discussion) and then leave, only to return to teach the next topic. Today there are not any robust technologies that allow a professor to assess how much each student in the classroom has retained from a session, where a student is struggling or where he or she already has a grasp and could, therefore, benefit from a more accelerated pace.

Innovations that provide individualized diagnostic ability immediately aggregated into performance dashboards (for example, electronic quizzes administered in class to test understanding) will enable professors in real-time to assess the level of comprehension and to identify those who might need more attention.

View the Dean’s response here.