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Assessment in E-Learning: 3 Credit Online Graduate Class - UW-Stout

Assessment in E-Learning: 3 Credit Online Graduate Class - UW-Stout | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Summer:  Still a few seats open, Enroll Now!
EDUC 762 961 June 16 - August 8, 2014 Instructor: Datta Kaur Khalsa
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EDUC 762 900 September 15 - November 7, 2014 Instructor:Jim Erbe
EDUC 762 900 September 29 - November 21, 2014 Instructor:Datta Kaur Khalsa
Improve your online efficiency and teaching effectiveness with hands-on practice using online assessment tools. Sharpen your discussion facilitation and improve student engagement. Understand how to quickly detect, document, and minimize plagiarism in the online classroom. Includes writing strong learning objectives that address higher order thinking, concise rubrics for evaluating achievement of those objectives, and methods for assessing individual and group activities. Experience voice and video technology options that save time grading while increasing the amount of quality feedback. Learn to use blogs and wikis as evidence of learning.

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Performance-based assessment, summative and formative feedback methods to assess student learning in the online classroom.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.
NOTE: You may enroll in this individual course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer to another university.
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Don't miss your chance to learn with Dr Datta Kaur Khalss!  Datta and I went to grad school together! She's a deeply knowledgeable online teacher who is passionate about her course. 

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Technology Integration Matrix

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below.

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The infographic style of presentation sit atop a deep set of resources.

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Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Poll Everywhere is the cheapest Audience Response System available. Plans include free text message voting and polling.
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Quick student feed back in an online course is essential. I've been thinking about an easy way to conduct formative assessment of my course designs.  Something light and mobile.


This looks good.  I used it during a conference and did get some replies. Might try it again.  Of course if the audience doesn't have a mobile phone or a laptop working they don't have a voice.

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5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"Most teachers and current textbooks offer varied approaches to the material to be learned so the teaching can be brain-compatible with the varied student learning styles. It is only logical that respect for these individual learning styles be incorporated into assessment forms."


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Although this is written for classroom teachers, everything in this article also applies to online assessments.  Excellent ideas.  I love Option 2.  This is just what my students are doing in Moodle this week!

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Christopher Resetar's curator insight, February 13, 9:00 AM

Like other comments on this scoop, I really like this article, especially items #1 and #2.  I really like those options because they are unconventional options that I still think would provide an appropriate level of challenge for the students as well as provide an alternative form of just a simple pencil and paper exam.  I think option #1 is more feasible for elementary school because it would allow students to work on skills that are more age appropriate like consolidation of information and looking for quality source material.

Ruby Day's curator insight, February 14, 12:45 PM

Sounds like some great ideas to stimulate critical thinking

Audrey's curator insight, March 5, 3:51 PM

All 5 assessment methods involves  students leading the learning. Asking the students questions based on their reading of the topic helps their analytical  skills and allows them to be in charge of their learning. 

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The Anatomy of Great e-Learning Quiz Questions

The Anatomy of Great e-Learning Quiz Questions | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Quiz questions are a vital part of e-Learning content and a great way to assess knowledge acquisition.


One overarching rule to keep in mind as you are writing quiz questions is that they need to be clear. Grammar and parallel structure are important; they go a long way to helping your learners do their best. But there’s a lot more than phrasing that goes into a test question. Check out these tips!


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If you are going to use quizzes, be sure they are made up of well written, fair questions. 

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The changing face of assessment and feedback: how technology can ma...

Jisc webinar on outcomes from the Assessment and Feedback programme 4 Dec 2013

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Susy Parsons's curator insight, April 13, 4:19 AM

A really interesting webinar on the impact that digital technology has on the evolving educational environments for todays learners, from curriculum design, formative and summative assessment, to feedback for all stakeholders involved.

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Sloan-C View, Perspectives in Quality Online Education

Sloan-C View, Perspectives in Quality Online Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The FIPSE-funded Quality Matters (QM) project is creating an inter-institutional continuous improvement model for assuring the quality of online courses. To characterize quality, QM first turned to the research literature and national standards. QM teams identified 40 elements, distributed across eight broad standards, shown to positively impact student learning. These elements were then incorporated into a web-based rubric and weighted from 1 to 3, where 1 is important and 3 is essential. 

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It is particularly important that assessment of online programs be done my educators trained in online teaching and learning. 

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Kahoot! | Game-based blended learning & classroom response system

Kahoot! | Game-based blended learning & classroom response system | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot!

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Looks like an intriguing tool for those comfortable with mobile systems.  

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 13, 2013 5:15 AM

A different way to make our students interact with their peers. Quizzes and tasks as challenging activities!

Kim-Daniel Vattøy's curator insight, March 23, 5:08 AM

Mobile-assisted language learning has the potential to broaden the scope of varied and creative teaching. 

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The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"The difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning is a crucial one, in many ways indicative of an important shift in education.

Traditionally, tests have told teachers and parents how a student “does,” then offers a very accessible point of data (usually percentage correct and subsequent letter grade) that is reported to parents as a performance indicator."


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Mary Starry's curator insight, October 4, 2013 8:04 PM

"Assessment for learning" versus "assessment of learning" is also promoted as a key component of the learning portfolio all colleges of pharmacy need to have to demonstrate student achievement.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 6, 2013 5:40 PM

I have practiced a system that covers four of the 5 key strategies for many years starting at five years of age.  I would not teach any other way. With this kind of assessment students after seven years of age can lead parent teacher conferences with ease and confidence. Had a dad in tears once who confessed it was the first time his son had talked meaningfully to him about his learning. Then I was in tears too....

Aunty Alice's curator insight, November 21, 2013 5:03 PM

A good little diagram but it does not address the issue of how to do it..it requires modelling, first by the teacher, then slowly devolving the responsibility to the learner, and focus on one subject area at a time e.g. Literacy . In my experience it also requires set aside time with each student to assess together, recording what has been discussed so it is not forgotten. I am talking about elementary learners here.. 

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Questions and Answers About Formative Assessment

Questions and Answers About Formative Assessment | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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Quick Key Mobile

Quick Key eliminates hand-grading of quizzes, tests, and formative assessments, even for teachers working in paper-based classrooms, without a computer. With Quick Key, you can spend your time addressing the different learning needs of your students, not messing around with grades and grade books. Quick Key is easy to use, and doesn't require you to change anything about how you teach. But you might, once you discover what you and your students can accomplish when assessment is effortless!

What does Quick Key do?

Quick Key turns your phone into an optical scanner to grade quizzes, tests, and surveys on paper, up to 30 questions long. Then, Quick Key allows you to run analytics right on your phone, then upload the data to your electronic grade book.
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The Design Studio / Welcome to the Design Studio

The Design Studio / Welcome to the Design Studio | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The Design Studio is a developing toolkit which draws together a range of existing and emergent Jisc resources which support technology-enhanced teaching and learning practice. The Design Studio will provide access to project outcomes and outputs from a range of Jisc programmes as they are developed through an open sharing and synthesis approach.  You can access resources through interrelated programme themes or browse using the side bar menu and the folders.  You can also use the search facility using keywords or tags.  As the name suggests, resources are in various states of development - some polished, some rough-and-ready - so please bear this in mind as you use the site.

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Question Types and Tools for Formative Assessments in ELearning

Question Types and Tools for Formative Assessments in ELearning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Formative assessments help in reinforcing learning. Let us see different question types, which can be selected based on the content and tool..Read more ›
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Progress Tracking in Desire2Learn 10.3 : The Newer, Better Checklists

Progress Tracking in Desire2Learn 10.3 : The Newer, Better Checklists | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

by Alex Joppie: Progress tracking turns your Content area into a checklist for students. Every item in your Content can be something that students can check off as they complete it, or something that’s automatically checked when the student does something in D2L, like submit to a dropbox folder or complete a quiz attempt. This is what it looks like for a student.

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Like Joppie, I've been slow roasted by many D2L upgrade issues For this very reason. I appreciate his upbeat on new Student Progress tracking features in D2L 10.3.


The promise of a non redundant checklist has my attention. If checklists are drawn from the course contents, instructors will be free of the tedious task of creating and updating a separate set of checklists.


Sounds good to me. Let's hope the feature works as promised!

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Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com

Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

A teacher in Massachusetts who has spent more than a quarter century in the classroom is drawing attention after she quit her job over her growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.


Because of “so many things that pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” kindergarten teacher Susan Sluyter quit last month. 

“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”

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I left the classroom at the end of the 'Nation at Risk' era. I was fed up with top down mandates that put kids learning low on the priority list.  


I dodged the NCLB freight train and have retained my teaching spirit while working online for more than a decade.  

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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 1, 7:32 PM

Unfortunately this is the style of learning in China, where my teachers come from.   I have been told to take the fun out of the learning to concentrate on giving only useful information.  It has taken the joy out of my teaching...or can I be subversive???  

Aunty Alice's curator insight, April 6, 12:25 PM

Have a very similar mindset but short of opening one's own school we are stuck with it. I have just published a book leading teachers to the more fertile ground for real progress, in literacy acquisition,  of analysing student work, giving them an authentic voice, and goal setting.  It puts listening and speaking at the centre.

Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, April 6, 4:28 PM

Will we ever learn in America? uhmmm...that is a rhetorical question, btw.   ;-) 

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10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction and Learning

10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction and Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
How much time do we put into the design of the assessment plans in our online courses? Is most of that time focused upon summative graded assignments that factor into the course grade? Or, do they also include opportunity for practice and informal feedback?
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Applies to the online, blended, and traditional classroom.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 24, 2:46 PM

They make sense, but ask teachers about authentic assessment. It is still thought of as an isolated activity where the student does their project alone. That is not the way of the world and has not been forever. We work and learn together. Why not assess together?

Dr Seroya Crouch's curator insight, February 25, 12:09 AM

Good ideas for better assessment of online courses!

Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, February 25, 6:19 AM

Wonderful article that challenges us to think through the online assessments and their prep!

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Assessment Design Tips for MOOCs and other Open Courses

Assessment Design Tips for MOOCs and other Open Courses | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Dr. Bernard Bull: "I've participated in dozens of open courses over the years, and I can appreciate many designs and approaches.  With that said, I have a hard time with the use of traditional grading systems in MOOC...

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The Listening Teacher: Getting Feedback From Your Students

The Listening Teacher: Getting Feedback From Your Students | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"Mid-year or more frequently, I ask students to complete an evaluation form. I craft the questions carefully so simple answers are hard to write. Instead, I try to create specific, complex questions that cover the material, the classroom activities and the students—peers and the individual.

Many teachers shake their heads and avoid these exercises. They scoff that students would actually take the forms seriously or that the students will say anything useful. But I find the nature of the questions often elicits a straight answer—short, but helpful."


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Mary Cunningham's curator insight, January 5, 4:35 PM

This is a great blog post on feedback and the importance of asking and listening to our students.

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, January 6, 9:07 AM

Would you allow your students to evaluate you as a teacher? I think that you would learn a lot. 

macksayers's curator insight, January 6, 10:07 AM

Listening to our students through asking thoughtful questions and providing descriptive feedback to their peer and self assessments. 

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Assessment Design Tips for MOOCs and other Open...

Assessment Design Tips for MOOCs and other Open... | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
I've participated in dozens of open courses over the years, and I can appreciate many designs and approaches. With that said, I have a hard time with the use of traditional grading systems in MOOC...
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This article provides solid advice for all online courses not just Moocs.  Solid information here!

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New Council to Develop Standards, Best Practices for Online Learning - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

New Council to Develop Standards, Best Practices for Online Learning - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Carnegie Mellon University is convening a high-powered consortium of educators, researchers, and technology-company executives that will spearhead efforts to develop standards and promote best practices in online education.

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It will be interesting to see what this consortium can add to the work already done by the Sloan-C Quality Matters research.  When the day comes I'll set these new standards side by side with QM and look for overlaps and perhaps some interesting differences!

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding ~ TeachThought

27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding ~ TeachThought | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"Checking for understanding is the foundation of teaching.Whether you’re using formative assessment for data to personalize learning within a unit, or more summative data to refine a curriculum map, the ability to quickly and easily check for understanding is a critical part of what you do. (Which was the idea behind our post last March, “10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds Or Less.”)


"The following infographic Mia MacMeekin offers up 27 additional ways to check for understanding. Some aren’t necessarily quick–”Test what you learned in a new situation”–but there are a dozen or more other ideas that are worth adding to your teacher toolbox, many of which aren’t content-related, but rather cognitively-related (Locate 3 people who agree with your point of view.)"


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, November 11, 2013 5:23 PM

Formative assessment to drive future instruction.  Love it!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, November 12, 2013 11:24 AM

Simple but useful.

Mary Clark's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:32 AM

Several of these would be easy to use with library lessons.

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A Chaotic (But Useful) Guide To Making Multile-Choice Questions - Edudemic

A Chaotic (But Useful) Guide To Making Multile-Choice Questions - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Katie Lepi: 


The handy infographic above is a fun look at making useful and targeted multiple choice questions, and while it is fun to look at, it points out a few important tidbits that struck me as being important to remember whether you’re using technology to assess your students or whether you’re doing it the old fashioned way. Keep reading to learn more.

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Good advice.  I ask my E-Learning for Educators students to design an online quiz. This article will help them. 

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Assessment Tools for MOOCs

Assessment Tools for MOOCs | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As MOOCs are made available for credit, credible--scalable--assessment options are essential. CT looks at the options.

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David J MacFadyen's curator insight, September 6, 2013 9:30 AM

If assessment is necessary, even in the transition phase.

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E-Learning Certificate Program: Infographic: Quality Evaluation Feedback

E-Learning Certificate Program: Infographic: Quality Evaluation Feedback | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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One of the things I do as an online instructor is offer my students evaluation comments at the end of each module.  This infographic captures the basic guidelines I follow when writing assessment comments. 


Special thanks go to the very talented Renee Williams, a recent graduate of or E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program for writing the text for this infographic. 

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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, August 29, 2013 12:27 AM

Thank you very much! Useful directions for teachers on writing evaluation comments to provide positive feedback to students.

Nalya Ovshieva's comment, August 29, 2013 12:31 AM
Thank you very much! Useful directions for teachers on writing evaluation comments to provide positive feedback to students.
Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, August 29, 2013 5:58 AM

Giving feedback in online learning can be challenging.  This basic rubric/tool could be of great assistance.

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Education Update:Guidelines for Creating Rubrics

Education Update:Guidelines for Creating Rubrics | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Bryan Goodwin and Elizabeth Ross Hubbell's new book The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Dayincludes a chapter on how to clarify performance expectations for students. Rubrics are an essential tool for delineating the criteria that distinguishes between novice and mastery-level work. Here are a few brief guidelines Goodwin and Hubbell recommend for creating rubrics, as well as a list of online tools to support your work:
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It's great to see UW-Stout's amazing archive of Rubrics cited in this article.

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