Nico Vanderkraay

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Nico Vanderkraay
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we best engage college students in the idea of learning instead of just getting a degree?
Take away the incentives for achieving high grades. A test score of 97% is not an indication of learning or proficiency. It is an indication of memorization. (in general) Better yet - Take away grades. Learning is not a competition. And in my opinion, grades reflect poorly on talent. How can a person learn when there is the higher priority of a passing grade? Reward based on accomplishment. In the academic world, success seems to be measured by 3 hours exams (or similar). In the rest of the world - the "Real World" - success is measured by achievement of objectives. The time frame of these is weeks, months, or years. Do not give lectures and do not require students to read textbooks. Provide students with a challenge, provide them with access to a list of resources, and expect delivery. Who is motivated to read a textbook because they were ordered to? But would you be motivated to seek out and read a textbook on Thermodynamics if it was your mission to design and build a heatsink? Or a textbook on Computer Programming if you had to write a program? You cannot force someone to learn. The current model of university tries to. It fails.
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Nico Vanderkraay
Posted almost 3 years ago
Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree
Respectfully to all those who have extolled this process of discussion, is the quote at the right of the video (spoken at 04:59) not 'A fantastic model of collaboration: thinking partners who aren't echo chambers.'? Would it not be a better tribute to the concept of conflict as a creative tool to disagree at least with some part of it than to add your voice to the hundreds already providing support?