Nigel Coutts: Value the Process “beauty of unfinished work”

There is a danger in seeking finished perfection in all that we do.

There is a risk that our students will focus solely on the attributes that define  a finished piece and overlook the importance of the process that leads to it. With a shift in our mindset we might be able to celebrate this process and encourage our students to value the learning that occurs along the way.

Guernica by Pablo Picasso
 – http://www.all-art.org/art_20th_century/picasso11.html

Carol Dweck’s writing on Mindsets

Source: thelearnersway.net

Nigel Coutts, the author of this insightful article, quotes Picasso, ”  ‘Woe to you the day it is said that you are finished! To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul – to give it its final blow…” 

This aligns with my feeling about summative evaluation… aka grades.  If you want to terminate the process, grade the product. 

My students create an e-portfolio as they complete classes in our program. Will ‘grading’ an e-portfolio halt the process?  I certainly hope not. Instead, I strive to help them see the evaluation process as feedback to prompt an ongoing process that continues throughout the E-Learning Certificate Program and beyond. 

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