Measuring Student Success

Experimental College’s First Graduate

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Author Paul Fain shares details of Southern New Hampshire University’s competency-based online education program and its first graduate. Students can control how fast they move through the program working with academic coaches and reviewers who determine if they have mastered each task or send them back to for more work until they demonstrate competency.

Performance Assessment

Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.

This article examines how performance assessments can be used successfully with younger students and the components and benefits of performance assessments.

‘Digital Badges’ Would Represent Students’ Skill Acquisition

Kate Ash, Ed Week Digital Directions

In this Ed Week e-newsletter, author Kate Ash explores the merits of, as well as the skepticism towards, digital badges. The concept includes students earning electronic images for a wide variety of reasons in multiple learning spaces, including after-school programs, summer workshops, K-12 classrooms and universities. Once earned, the badges could follow students throughout their lifetimes.