Becker Blog

My name is Katrin Becker. This is my blog. It is about Digital Games, Gamification, Educational Technology, Computer Science, Academia, and sometimes Rural Life and other notions. Comments are welcome but will be edited as necessary to maintain relevance.

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What?! No Deadlines on Assignments?!

A common kind of complaint among many HE faculty: My student comes with a long story about why they need an extension on an assignment. […]

STILL Worth Sharing: Constructivism vs. Constructivism vs. Constructionism | Computing Education Research Blog

This post distinguishes between Constructivism, the cognitive theory, Constructivism, the educational philosophy, and Constructionism. It does an excellent job. Thanks Mark Guzdial! Source: Constructivism vs. […]

Worth Sharing: The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’ NYT

Colleges should stop trivializing the transmission of knowledge. Source: Opinion | The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’ I love having objective, clear-cut descriptions of […]

Worth Sharing: Why I Stopped Writing on My Students’ Papers

A professor decides it’s time to reconceive how he comments on essay assignments. This is GREAT! I have taken to requiring my students to do […]

Another example of the Randomness of Grades

I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems | The Huffington Post Source: I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions […]

Worth Sharing: Education Is Performance Art

The first job of a teacher is to make the student fall in love with the subject. That doesn’t have to be done by waving […]

Grades: The Random Factor, Problem 2

Problem 1, as outlined yesterday is that we really have no objective way of ensuring that our exams actually ‘cover’ the course content. Now, what […]

The Randomness of Grades: What is an ‘A’ Student?

We all have a sense of what an ‘A’ Student is. They are the ones who have earned our top marks, of course. But comparing […]

Kua Creation Tale, as Retold by Helga Ingeborg Vierich

Written by Helga Ingeborg Vierich (*) The Kua told me one of their sacred stories – of the beginning times – in which the creator […]

What’s the difference between serious games, educational games, and game-based learning?

This question keeps coming up. Here’s a handy table to help. This is an updated version of the table I created back in 2015. Note: […]

What’s the difference between serious games, educational games, and game-based learning? Episode 2

I recently posted a table explaining the differences between games, serious games, educational, games, GBL, etc.   I thought a concrete example might help to […]

Worth Sharing: How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of Training? Updated for 2017

This article is an update to a study that tried to answer the question: How long it takes to design one hour of instruction? Source: […]

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