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Patch One: Interpreting Student Work

The Open Faculty Patchbook

By Kari-Draker Fortis, Fleming College

Introduction                                                                               

What is the best way to assess student laboratories in an introductory science course? If you posed this question to a lab instructor, chances are they will have a lot to say and likely more questions than answers. Do you have students submit formal lab reports? Do you assess group work? Lab skills? How do you manage the marking of all those labs?

I have tackled these questions personally (often with a mountain of labs looming at my dining room table), with colleagues, and with larger groups of educators from college and university. One important theme that emerges from discussion is always the goal of the labs themselves. What do we want students to learn? What are the transferable skills that we want students to take away? These skills include lab-based competencies but also life skills. We want students to come prepared and…

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A Clue into Dr. Oblivion’s ‘Missing’ Status

Now someone like Dr. Oblivion being ‘missing’ should only be seen as suspect. To think that someone could put something over on him is laughable. So it must be by choice that he is missing.

So we have to dig deeper. And I dug deeper. Did I answer any questions? No, all I did was create more. Many more questions. Not many people know this, but you can set Google Earth back in time and see what was going on in, for example, the Old West. It sounds unbelievable, I know, but those Googlers are sharp folk. You have to pay for the premium Google Earth Service.

Anyway, I was looking around the Black Hills of South Dakota on the Google Earth. I had it set to 1847 and I thought I’d have a look at what Ol’ Mt Rushmore looked like before its face lift. And lo and behold, what a sight! Pre-Rushmore Rushmore has a look of familiarity to it. What was and is going on? Have a look.  #tdc1492.