I just had a short conversation with Dave Grant. Dave and I started at UNI at the same time, we have kids of similar ages, so I saw him tonight when he came to pick up my son for a sleepover. While the kids were playing we chatted about “stuff,” and the topic of assessment came up.
At this point, I am talking about assessment of a program, or its pieces, rather than assessment of students. Dave mentioned that he had described a process for several of the Languages and Literature courses involving keeping drafts and comments on those drafts as evidence of student work and improvement.
It immediately made me think of Git. Basically, the problem of documenting all of these things is one about version control. Computer scientists have solved this problem (and more).
So, is it crazy to imagine a world in which college students are asked to use a version control system to document their work?
This doesn’t solve the problem of how to take that data and turn it into some useful measurement of “success.” Still, I think it might be useful.
Tell me why I am wrong.