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How can more scientists learn to communicate like Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases? Anna Moneymaker / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

Scientists need to become better communicators, but it’s hard to measure whether training works

Scicomm is a hashtag, and there are many programs that claim to teach scientists how to be better communicators. But it’s hard to show exactly what they’re accomplishing.
The shift online demonstrated the convenience of distance learning and has convinced some learners, including workers and unemployed people, to study. (Pexels/rfstudio)

How the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed university teaching and testing for good

The forced transition to online university learning will mean teaching practices will be permanently changed.
Many people are wondering if COVID-19 could spell the end of university admission testing. Young people at the Autonomous University of Barcelona on July 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

University admissions tests like the SAT are under scrutiny especially in the age of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated a growing shift to test-optional admissions policies or scrapping entrance tests altogether.
Large-scale literacy testing has not kept pace with how literacy is practiced in classooms, assessed by teachers and mandated by curriculum. tim gouw/unsplash

Testing literacy today requires more than a pencil and paper

Are current forms of standardized literacy tests really measuring children’s capacity to read and interact with our rapidly-changing world?
Skills of well-being have been forgotten partly due to a combination of educational reforms and societal pressures. Unsplash/Oscar Chevillard

Unrealistic striving for academic excellence has a cost

A specialist in educational psychology says there are incremental risks associated with students developing an obsessive behaviour toward performance.
New research shows the relationship between contract cheating and assessment design is not simply cause and effect. www.shutterstock.com

Doing away with essays won’t necessarily stop students cheating

Authentic assessment is perceived as being harder to outsource, and has been adopted by many Australian university teachers. But that doesn’t mean students won’t still cheat on them.
Many classroom assessment strategies have a positive impact on student learning but, because they are not standardized, can also contribute to the problem of grade inflation. (Shutterstock)

Educators must commit now to tackle grade inflation

Recent news that at least one Ontario university adjusts for grade inflation during the undergraduate application process is a call to action – for long-term educational change.
Trends in education suggest an increased focus on the assessment and teaching of thinking skills in the future. Shutterstock

How NAPLAN could assess creativity and critical thinking

To assess problem-solving, creative and critical thinking skills on NAPLAN would fit with broader movements in education internationally, but there are some questions to address first.

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