A Silicon Valley start-up called CourseSmart may be changing the way college professors grade their students, according to the New York Times on April 8, 2013. Nine colleges are testing this innovative product which tracks whether and how much a student does her assigned reading in a digital textbook.
Yet another method of assessing student performance may be on the cusp of being implemented: the “CourseSmart index”. A student with a low CourseSmart index hasn’t done much or any of the assigned reading, and could be graded accordingly.
Smart students in a college course where CourseSmart is being used will be sure to actually do the reading in their digital text books, thus both earning better grades and learning more. A win-win!
Sarah C. Reese, Informed Educational Solutions
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