Dogfooding as a method


Don’t worry, eating your own dog food is a metaphor here and shouldn’t be taken literally – Jennifer Gonzalez has borrowed it from software developers and uses it to suggest that we do our own teaching assignments ourselves before giving them to students. She lists several advantages of it: for example, we will have more realistic expectations, improve our instructions and generally improve the tasks. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what it was like to be a beginner!


One thought on “Dogfooding as a method

  1. I really like this idea! I tried it in one of the classrooms I teach- first I did the assignment and then used it as an example when asking my students to do the assignment.


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