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Using Multiple Course Evaluations to Engage and Empower Your Students and Yourself

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Course evaluations are often viewed as a chore; one of those unpleasant obligations we do at the end of each course. In the Teaching Professor Blog post "End-of-Course Evaluations: Making Sense of Student Comments," Maryellen Weimer is bang-on in stating that the comments students dash off can be more confusing than clarifying.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 2, 2013 2:07 PM

Evaluations as formative evaluation will structure feedback and give your students a voice.  Sometimes you're able to make course corrections during the class. Other times, you revise materials for the next semester. 

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, January 2, 2013 8:15 PM

I'dlove to know more about this course!

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6-Traits Resources: Turning Criticisms to 'I" Comments

6-Traits Resources: Turning Criticisms to 'I" Comments | Current Updates | Scoop.it

I am using Spandel's Creating Writers 6 Traits, Process, Workshop, and Literature 6th Edition in my upcoming online class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6th Traits.  This is a graduate course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Part of our time is spent assessing sample papers and writing feedback. I'll use this chart to emphasize the need to convert criticism to "I" comments.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 31, 2012 4:21 PM

I love teaching this class! 

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, December 31, 2012 6:18 PM

I like this idea....

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 1, 2013 5:12 PM

This is a great way to make students more critically constructive.

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Test and Assess – be a curator!

Test and Assess – be a curator! | Current Updates | Scoop.it
A key component to this process, which is tied directly into active assessment strategies, is synthesizing or making sense of the information gathered. Sense making can be writing a blog post using the links (like this post) or summarizing the key points in a presentation. Gathering and collecting specific content points is the beginning, and creating the theme is where an individual demonstrates their analysis and evaluation of the content included in a post or presentation shared. Kanter wrote, “Content curation is not about collecting links or being an information pack rat, it is more about putting them into a context with organization, annotation, and presentation.”   

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 27, 2012 1:15 PM

This article will help you understand how curating relates to both Bloom's taxonomy and the Engagement Pyramid proposed by Charlene Li and Jeremiah Owyang.


For those who must plan to standards, this article will give you great theoretical backing for teaching and using curation in your classroom. 


Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, December 27, 2012 5:19 PM

I agree. Education used to be about finding the information. With potential access to everything now, the focus should be on making sense of it and finding connections, drawing correlations and making conclusions - to become thinkers.

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Content Mastery and Problem Solving Skills

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Most of the specific questions were on quizzes. This is because in my AP and gen. physics classes I give all quizzes on Canvas. I have quiz banks set up, from which Canvas pulls random problems, and the students do their best to answer them. Most of these questions came after I said that I gave the students multiple attempts on the quizzes (up to 5, at their own pace in AP, and as many as needed by conference in gen. physics).

One question went something like this, “Well, how do they take the quizzes? In class or at home?” I could tell right away that the concept of multiple attempts was throwing the teacher.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 17, 2012 12:10 AM

I'm no fan of high stakes quizzes/tests.  Instead I prefer the method advocated in this blog piece:  unlimited attempts.  


For me a quiz is a highly motivating opportunity for some guided review.  In an online environment where test security is always an issue, unlimited attempts removes the pressure.

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Putting the Value in Teacher Evaluation

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 2012 12:46 AM

Can effective teacher evaluation improve education?  A nation wide look at how teachers are experiencing new evaluation methods. 

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Routine Writing

Teaching & Assessing Common Writing with Six Traits (an Oklahoma Writing Project presentation)

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 1, 2013 2:39 PM

Understanding the relationship between 6-Trait and the common core standards is a necessary professional skill. Pay particular attention to the Common Core's 10 Anchor Standards for Writing.  You'll see the connections. 

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Google Quizes

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How to create a self-grading quiz using Google Forms.

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Katie Frank's comment, December 30, 2012 1:51 PM
I am so up for this! :)
Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 30, 2012 3:37 PM

This is a very easy to use tool, well explained with good potential for marketing, training, PR and community relations.

asnal abbas's comment, December 31, 2012 7:33 AM
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5 ways online education can keep its students honest

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As online learning platforms like Coursera, Udacity and edX raise the stakes for students with increased partnerships with traditional universities and credit-bearing classes, here are five technologies that can help them thwart cheating.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 18, 2012 4:16 PM

Cheating is pervasive in both face to face and online environments.  I think it's easier to recognize in an online environment where the voice of a student is established in discussion threads.  Ultimately, creating assignments that call for creative and critical thinking and a unique product are the best way to avoid the classic 'answers on the hand' scenarios. 

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Formative Assessment Is Foundational to Blended Learning -- THE Journal

Formative Assessment Is Foundational to Blended Learning -- THE Journal | Current Updates | Scoop.it
Formative assessment began long before blended learning. But formative assessment is particularly in the spotlight now because it features so prominently in emerging blended learning programs.

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Donny Anderson's curator insight, February 20, 2013 4:51 PM

I don't agree with the "third party" reference to NWEA, DEA, Acuity, etc.  To me these are more interim instead of formative. 

Still, there is some good information about formative instruction and blended learning in this article.

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Nuts and Bolts: Assessing the Value of Online Interactions by Jane Bozarth : Learning Solutions Magazine

Nuts and Bolts: Assessing the Value of Online Interactions by Jane Bozarth : Learning Solutions Magazine | Current Updates | Scoop.it

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