As any MBA teacher will tell you, classroom participation is great for learning but incredibly hard to assess. Keeping track of activity let alone the quality of contributions in a transparent manner is very difficult. For my new Network and Digital Market Strategy course at Rotman (both MBA and undergrad), I decided to ‘go virtual’ with, at least, the assessment of participation. Instead, students will be graded for online participation at rotmandigital.wordpress.com. The beauty of this is that I have a digital record of participation — removing one issue with assessment.
It has been going for about three weeks now and you can see there is plenty of activity. There is also provision for students to ‘like’ the comments of others. You’ll also notice that all of this is public; my theory being that managers often have to engage online and with the public in their jobs to explain their positions and point of view. Why not start at business school developing those skills? I think you’ll also find some of the discussion, links and data the students bring to issues to be quite interesting.
But this is all experimental and I am more than happy for suggestions in the comments as to how I might improve this type of
assessment learning activity.
By the way, if you are interested in following what the course is about, there are plenty of links to readings and also to the class slides.