February 25, 2021

Failure to Disrupt Book Club with Courtney Bell

For TeachLab’s eighth Failure to Disrupt Book Club we look back at Justin’s live conversation with regular Audrey Watters and special guest Courtney Bell, a former research scientist at the Education Testing Services and now director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), UW–Madison School of Education. Together they discuss the book’s third edtech dilemma, the Trap of Routine Assessment.

“The assessment practice of observing Justin teach or Justin teaching in an assessment situation is not the same, by definition from Justin’s real world teaching… My assertion is, that’s always true in every assessment. If that’s the case, then we think to ourself where can technology fit into this thing?”

– Courtney Bell

In this episode we’ll talk about:

  • Courtney’s edtech story – PalmPilot and Mursion
  • Complex performance assessment
  • History of assessment technology – TUTOR and PLATO
  • Real-world teaching vs. The observer effect
  • Capturing teacher decision making
  • Lack of social understanding in technology assessment
  • Peer-assessment technology
  • Meaningful feedback
  • Stealth Assessment

Resources and Links

Watch the full Book Club webinar here!

Check out Justin Reich’s new book, Failure To Disrupt!

Join our self-paced online edX course: Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices


Produced by Aimee Corrigan and Garrett Beazley

Recorded and mixed by Garrett Beazley

Check out the Failure to Disrupt Virtual Book Club Podcast!

In the Fall of 2020 Justin Reich invited guest presenters and students from MIT for a ten week book club exploring themes in Failure to Disrupt. Now he has turned into a Podcast to relive those discussions and offer more insights.