Sunday, November 29, 2015

Jessica Jones S1 Review

I voraciously consumed season 1 of Jessica Jones. 

It's just so well-written. The characters are so well developed. No character seems shallow or one-dimensional, and even the guy hopped up on Super Soldier Steroids had a fleshed out character arc, if a little demented.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

3 Episodes of Jessica Jones

Halfway through the first episode of Jessica Jones and I realize I'm ruined for Supergirl.

I'm not even going to attempt a review of Supergirl now. Something had been holding me back from doing a first impression review and then a 3 episode review and I realize now it's that the show is underwhelming. The promise of Superman style adventures was the only thing that kept my attention. I love Superman content and I love the idea of Supergirl, but the show was "ehh". I may write an article comparing it to Jessica Jones in the future, but I don't even know if I'll continue that show now.

Contrast this with Jessica Jones, a character I think I maybe have heard of in some Spider-Man comics, but otherwise have no exposure to. Within ten minutes I was riveted to the screen. Within a half hour, I was pissed off at every other superhero television show I'd ever seen for not being half as good as what I was watching, and within the space of one episode, I realized that Jessica Jones was something I'd never seen before.

Simply-stated, the show is stellar. Possibly better than the Marvel movies, let alone any of the television shows from Marvel or DC.

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Good Assessment Paradox

So, unless your group of students is extremely non-standard, it's a practice in the Law of Diminishing Returns to design "good" assessments.

This is something that I have for years categorically rejected by the way. Even to this day it is hard for me to not ask questions that are designed the way they're supposed to be instead of defaulting to the regurgitation standard so commonly upheld through math classes.

The problem with this is that, typically, the easiest and possibly the most effective way to ask these questions is also the hardest to grade.

Like, really hard.

But it is possible to design effective multiple choice questions and entire multiple choice tests.

It's a lot more difficult, and the time-consumption is on the front-end instead of the back-end, but it's possible.

And if you throw in having incorrect responses causing a penalty score, it greatly improves the accuracy of the exam. (although don't get me started on hearing the students complain about that one).

None of this is the paradox by the way.

The paradox is that it doesn't matter what assessment you use.