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  1. Jun 2022
    1. The NFT certificates were “minted” and distributed via the blockchain, through the Polygon network, to the 22 students who completed the most recent Coursera session, Lenz said.

      Thoughtful use case to run the prototype effort on something that is appropriate: learn about technology, get credentialed using the technology. Any other content and it could be perceived as a gimmick. Also, worth noting that they are using a public chain; I suspect that many early products in the credentialing space talking up "blockchain" are not on distributed ledgers but rather something spun up cheap on AWS or the like.

    2. Additional NFT certificates of completion are being created for students who completed Duke Engineering’s blockchain course sequence in earlier sessions

      Makes sense to credential legacy earners; as long as the competencies didn't change, it seems inequitable to deny previous learners the same recognition as new learners.

  2. May 2020
    1. As COVID-19 was forcing me to reinvent so many facets of my teaching and my life, I was glad of this one thing I did not have to rethink on the fly, did not have to leave up to emergency thinking. I already had a grading system meant to maximize student engagement while minimizing stress. Perhaps more importantly, partly because I had been contract grading all along, I could relate to students in a time of mutual need without that sense, so palpably present when I used to put As, Bs, and Cs on individual assignments, that my role as a gatekeeper or judge was always there in the background—a hat I couldn’t remove.

      Traditional grading, in which the gatekeeper judges the worth of student work, makes supportive, trusting relationships so much more difficult.

  3. Dec 2018