This blog is the second generation of Delicious Ambiguity, a weekly column that started in the fall of 2011 in the faculty newsletter at Augustana College. The whole idea was to help the college and everyone here who works with students to think about our student data as a means to improve student learning and the educational experience rather than just seeing the data as an ends in and of itself. Even though the first year of columns was published as separate pages in an online newsletter, all of the them have been uploaded to this blog site.
Based purely on conversations with faculty, staff, and administrators, this column has seemed to have some impact in getting people to think just a little bit more about the way we approach “doing what we do.” As with any effort to influence the culture of an organization, this blog is just one of the things we do in concert with a many faculty and staff who care deeply about student learning and our efforts to perpetually improve.
No, we haven’t designed a survey to measure the size of the effect. (smarty . . . )