The Beckerblog

My name is Katrin Becker. This is my blog. It is about Digital Games, 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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Posts by The Beckerblog

Thousands of teachers caught cheating in exams

I have long thought that the way to change the problem of cheating in exams (and assignments) is to reduce the risk associated with any […]

The Randomness of Grades: Are all ‘B’s the Same?

Last time we looked at how different a score of 75% can be, depending on which 75% the student got right in an exam where […]

Grades: The Random Factor

How much of your students’ grades in your courses is subject to random chance? Is your first reaction a defensive one? “Why, NONE, of COURSE!” […]

Worth Sharing: Further LACK of evidence for Link Between Violent Video Games and Behaviour

Posted on 16 January 2018 Researchers at the University of York have found no evidence to support the theory that video games make players more […]

Finding meaning in life in a world without work

This article misses the point. Assuming robotics renders many jobs obsolete AND we have the means to provide a basic living wage to all, this […]

Worth Sharing: 3 Ways to Get More Women Into Tech

What are YOU doing in your courses to encourage more women to enter and continue? The president of Harvey Mudd College shares the strategies it’s […]

Worth Sharing: Abusers and Enablers in Faculty Culture

Academe is full of Petruchios looking for their next Kate. Source: Abusers and Enablers in Faculty Culture This article is absolutely bang on. In academia: […]

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 1

On a farm, we often have to cope with grief while the object of our grief is still here. We are far from unique in […]

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 2

I’m the one on our farm who has primary responsibility for all the lives that exist on that farm. I’m the one who makes almost […]

Would You Buy This Book: Death to Deadlines….

Death to Deadlines: Gamification and Other Subversive Thoughts on Formal Education With any luck at all, this book will save you countless hours heading down […]

Academic mobbing, or how to become campus tormentors | University Affairs

Yup. If anyone wants to know why I gave up a job I had loved for over 20 years (and was VERY good at); why […]

We Are Finally Ready (Almost) – Gene Rummy

It’s been a long time in development, but I am thrilled to announce that we are finally in the last stages of development. There is […]

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