Why are we being examined on this?

By Gordon Rugg

It’s a fair question, if it’s being asked as a question, rather than as a complaint about the cosmic unfairness of having to study a topic that you don’t see the point of. Sometimes, it’s easy to answer. For instance, if someone wants to be a doctor, then checking their knowledge of medicine is a pretty good idea.

Other times, though, the answer takes you into deep waters that you’d really rather not get into, especially if there’s a chance of some student recording your answer and posting it onto social media…

Why do some answers take you into deep waters? That’s the topic of this article. It takes us into history, politics, proxies, and the glass bead game.


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Assessment methods and the knowledge pyramid

By Gordon Rugg

In an earlier article, we looked at how knowledge in the generic sense can be modelled as a triangle or pyramid, starting with data and information at the bottom, and then moving up to knowledge and wisdom.


It’s a neat, systematic model that’s widely used within computer science and IT.

The same model also provides a neat, systematic framework for choice of assessment methods.

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That’s the topic of this article.

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