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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 8:15 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, 2014 8:08 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 11:04 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 8:40 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 8:03 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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Formative Assessment Infographic

Formative Assessment Infographic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
I've had a great time preparing my formative assessment infographic to show ideas for assessment with and without the aide of technology. Do you have ideas for formative assessment? Please share in...

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Chris Carter's comment, August 4, 2013 12:43 PM
Thank you, James, Felix, Pauline, and robinwb!
Chris Carter's comment, August 4, 2013 12:43 PM
Thank you, James, Felix, Pauline, and robinwb!
Chris Carter's comment, August 7, 2013 5:10 PM
Thank you, Allison and Diana!
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Badges for Lifelong Learning: An Open Conversation

Badges for Lifelong Learning: An Open Conversation | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"Badges for Lifelong Learning: An Open Conversation," HASTAC consortium (hastac.org)

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This 5 minute video introduces and explains the main concepts of Badging and how it could be used as a non-traditional verification of skills.  Good thininking! 

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Assessing Student Learning - five practical guides

Assessing Student Learning - five practical guides | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

After a decade of rapid expansion in Australian higher education, student numbers have grown considerably in many courses and subjects, especially at the undergraduate level.

Larger class sizes pose significant teaching challenges, not least in the assessment of student learning. Perhaps most troubling, large classes may limit the amount of feedback provided to students.

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Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 16, 2013 9:47 AM

Good thoughts/good ideas. 

Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, July 20, 2013 9:41 PM

very detaiiled

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ePortfolio - Authentic Assessment - Project-Based Learning

ePortfolio - Authentic Assessment - Project-Based Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
OpenSchool ePortfolio is an authentic and holistic assessment tool for project-based and lifelong learning.

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Adam Lenaarts's curator insight, June 21, 2013 2:59 PM

Could be worth investigating this tool for e-portefolio

Lisa Cooper's curator insight, July 16, 2013 3:33 PM

This looks like a great way for my students to find information about careers that are of interest to them.

Tamra Dollar's curator insight, July 19, 2013 5:35 PM

I also like that the ePortfolio can follow the student and allows each teacher to see prior work writing samples to get an authentic look at where the student is performing. It is a built in "needs assessment!"

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How to create visually relevant quizzes

How to create visually relevant quizzes | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Design quizzes that reflect your learners' real-life job context.


Give real-world context to questions and choices. Watch how easy it is to create quizzes with relevant visuals in Articulate Quizmaker ’09.
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Ruth Bass's curator insight, June 6, 2013 1:08 PM

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The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

For those who might be new to the term, formative assessments are ongoing practices that help both the teacher and student evaluate and reflect on how they are both doing, and what changes either or both might need to make to become a more effective teacher and learner (I’d love it if someone left a comment with a better definition). I use a lot of these in my classroom, ranging from regular cloze (fill-in-the-blank) and reading fluency assessments, to “show me with thumbs,” to observations. I feel that I use them pretty effectively, but also feel that I could do a better job applying what I learn from them in the classroom.

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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:37 PM

Formative Assessments

Rebecca Zullo, M.Ed's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:27 PM

The information and links in this edublog could be helpful to teachers as they adopt new ways to conduct formative assessment.

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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 8:23 PM

Formative assessment to drive future instruction.  Love it!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, November 12, 2013 2:24 PM

Simple but useful.

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:32 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 12:30 PM

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 3:27 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 3:31 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 8:58 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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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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Kimberly House's curator insight, August 11, 2013 8:13 AM

Some good reminders in here.

Dafina Westbrooks's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:04 AM

More like this please!

Debbie Goodis's curator insight, October 19, 2013 11:16 AM

Can these posters be purchased and printed?

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The 6 Types Of Assessments (And How They're Changing) - Edudemic

The 6 Types Of Assessments (And How They're Changing) - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test. But assessments do have value, and an important place in our learning structure. By measuring what students are learning, we as teachers can look at how we are approaching different subjects, materials, and even different students. The handy infographic takes a look at different types of assessments and their attributes and questions. Keep reading to learn more.

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Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, July 31, 2013 5:47 AM

A useful summary of how assessement is used in education to inform and demonstrate learning.

Shea Stehm's curator insight, August 2, 2013 1:41 PM

Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test. But assessments do have value, and an important place in our learning structure. By measuring what students are learning, we as teachers can look at how we are approaching different subjects, materials, and even different students.

Dee KC's curator insight, August 6, 2013 3:25 PM

following the DfE's assessing without levels guidance this looks like  god place to start when reviewing how you measure progress

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A Faculty Observation Model for Online Instructors: Observing Faculty Members in the Online Classroom

A Faculty Observation Model for Online Instructors: Observing Faculty Members in the Online Classroom | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Michael T. Eskey
Park University
meskey@park.edu

Henry "Hank" Roehrich
Park University
Henry.Roehrich@park.edu

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Maintaining academic standards, retention of quality online instructors and establishing a measure for instruction can be enhanced through faculty observation and evaluation. As Park University entered the online market, the increased course offerings involved an increased number of adjunct faculty members. In order to ensure that these faculty members used best practices and maintain high standards of teaching that are important to student satisfaction, Park University developed an evaluation process for online adjunct faculty that was similar to in-class observation of full-time faculty, but focused on unique factors of online course facilitation. The focus of this paper is on the evolution and current usage of the Faculty Online Observation (FOO) method which is a model for evaluation developed from utilizing the original evaluation system used in annual observations for online adjunct faculty. The FOO process that is used by a team of evaluators ensures that Best Practices in online teaching are addressed continuously in the online delivery program. The focus on Best Practices, specific institutional policies of online teaching, and technology plays a significant role in the growth of online degree programs and the success of the Park University online program.

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Empowering Performance: Guidelines for Writing E-learning Assessment Questions

Empowering Performance: Guidelines for Writing E-learning Assessment Questions | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Darlene, Ferras: A few weeks ago, I posted about the importance of providing feedback for online assessment questions. 

Of course you can’t provide feedback unless you have a question and possible answers, so this week I thought I’d follow up with some of the guidelines EPI uses for writing e-learning assessment questions.

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Good advice on how to create effective discussion prompts and assessment questions. 

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Sandra Yeadon's curator insight, July 5, 2013 3:45 PM

Good advice for writing assessment questions

Maria Persson's curator insight, July 11, 2013 6:39 PM

Some useful do(s) and don't(s) for creating questions for assessment - be they online or not, this is a useful site to ponder on your strategies for creaing questions that help students learn and achieve.

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5 Great New Web Tools for Creating Online Quizzes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Great New Web Tools for Creating Online Quizzes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, June 14, 2013 6:23 PM

More sites for making online quizzes.

Sandrine Pac-Kenny's comment, June 16, 2013 11:30 AM
Let's make some quizzes.
RitaZ's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:27 PM

Would love to get some feedback on these tools!

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5 steps to using self-assessment in the classroom

5 steps to using self-assessment in the classroom | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Implementing some kind of self-assessment is a very good thing, as it enables learners to judge the quality of their work. I’ve done this on an ad-hoc basis at times in the past, but using a formal instrument or procedure can work wonders, even if it has no official bearing on the final outcome.


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Mabel A. Opare - Ababio Ayita's comment, May 29, 2013 8:25 AM
Very good and creative way, noot a bad idea.
Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 29, 2013 6:03 PM

If your goal is to have students become excellent learners, this should be on your list of things to consider!

Tatyana Chernaya's curator insight, June 3, 2013 3:51 AM

And also some great ideas of 5 ice-breakers, a 5-day blogathon, using images, etc.

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