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Content Mastery and Problem Solving Skills

Content Mastery and Problem Solving Skills | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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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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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Can effective teacher evaluation improve education?  A nation wide look at how teachers are experiencing new evaluation methods. 

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Assessing and Facilitating Collaborative and Team-Based Learning

Assessing and Facilitating Collaborative and Team-Based Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Assessing and Facilitating Collaborative and Team-Based Learning

This newsletter focuses on strategies for assessing, developing and managing successful team-based learning experiences.

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20 Time-Saving Grading Apps That Teachers Love - Best Colleges Online

20 Time-Saving Grading Apps That Teachers Love - Best Colleges Online | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Grading can be a daunting task, but these apps can save teachers a lot of time.
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JumpRope: Standards Based Grading

JumpRope: Standards Based Grading | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Coordinating Student Achievement
JumpRope produces helpful gradebooks and systems that allow teachers, administrators and networks to implement standards-based grading in every classroom. MORE+


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Adventures in Assessment | Ideas and Thoughts

Adventures in Assessment | Ideas and Thoughts | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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I've been tinkering with assessment for the past several years. My role at the district had me knee deep in shifting the notion of Assessment and Evaluation from primarily assessment OF learning to assessment FOR learning. Simply put, a stronger focus on formative and less on summative. That's the simplistic summary but it included moving much of the control over to the student. It certainly wasn't perfect, not always embraced, and challenging to implement. However, at its core, the idea of empowering students to assess their own work is a goal I've been moving towards in my own teaching practices at the University of Regina.

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Tips For Writing Matching Format Test Items: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning

Tips For Writing Matching Format Test Items: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"When you write test items in a matching format, do you stress about which terms should go on the left and which on the right? Are you puzzled about when to use the matching format and whether multiple choice would be better?
Here are some answers to these perplexing issues..."


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Working Toward a Fair Assessment of Students’ Reflective Writing | Faculty Focus

Working Toward a Fair Assessment of Students’ Reflective Writing | Faculty Focus | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
There is little argument that reflective writing is a good way to foster critical thinking, encourage self expression, and give students a sense of ownership of their work (Chretien et al. 2012, Kennison and Misselwitz, 2002).
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The Problems with Coursera's Peer Assessments

The Problems with Coursera's Peer Assessments | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"...peer assessment in a class of thirty is very different than peer assessment in a class of several thousand, and based on some of the early feedback from several of the Coursera classes utilizing the peer assessment, there are some very serious challenges with doing so..."


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Briefing Papers « Competency Works

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Briefing Papers Download Full Report The Art and Science of Designing Competencies by Chris Sturgis, August 2012


The first in a series of Issue Briefs, The Art and Science of Designing Competencies brings together insights from a number of leading practitioners from around the country. Listen to the voices of innovators as they share their insights and lessons learned on how to build powerful competencies, engage teachers, and integrate lifelong learning competencies. Be sure to check out the companion resources on the Competency-Based Pathways Wiki.

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Rhizomatic Learning and MOOCs - Assessment

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This has great potential, in that it means knowing can be shaped, it is flexible, responsive, resilient – like the rhizome itself. It is also a world where looking for what is ‘true’ is mostly a question of looking for who has the power to define it as true.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Grading Made Easy with Diigo & Jing

Free Technology for Teachers: Grading Made Easy with Diigo & Jing | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Both Diigo and Jing have been written about on numerous occasions here at the Free Technology for Teachers blog, but I wanted to share my experiences using both tools when grading assignments. 

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Formative Assessment Is Foundational to Blended Learning -- THE Journal

Formative Assessment Is Foundational to Blended Learning -- THE Journal | E-Learning and Online Teaching | 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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Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everytihing: Assessment and Rubrics

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everytihing: Assessment and Rubrics | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
List of assessment and rubric information...
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On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins

On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Thirteen examples of how teachers have made feedback (as opposed to advice and evaluation) more central to their work with students:


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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 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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Peer Assessment is Not an Elixir for All Group Work Challenges | Faculty Focus

Peer Assessment is Not an Elixir for All Group Work Challenges | Faculty Focus | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Here’s an empirical result I would not have predicted. It emerged in a meta-analysis of research on group learning activities as reported in 32 studies published in Teaching of Psychology between 1974 and 2011. I’ll be doing a detailed highlight of the entire article in an upcoming issue of The Teaching Professor. But the finding that surprised me involved the use of peer assessment within groups: “Our hypothesis of better learning outcomes with peer assessment was not supported. In fact, the data suggest that the opposite pattern may exist.” (p. 164)
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OER Rubrics and Evaluation Tool

This briefly summarizes how proper utilization of this tool can deepen our understanding of resource alignment to the Common Core as well as foster a spirit ...

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Academic Administration - Assessing Online Instructor Competency - Magna Publications

Academic Administration - Assessing Online Instructor Competency - Magna Publications | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Expansion of distance education programs institutions and the influx of new faculty, qualification of applicants for faculty positions has been questioned.


Thomas B. Cavanagh, Ph.D. is Assistant Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF). UCF is one of the fastest-growing universities in the country. In his role, Cavanagh oversees the university's distance learning strategy, policies, and practices, including program and course design, development, and assessment. Seeing the need, and its priority, Cavanagh's group set themselves to develop a state-of-the-art instrument for measuring concretely and in detail the experience and qualifications of would-be online instructors.

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PISA - Measuring student success around the world

A test the whole world can take... It's a breathtaking concept -- but for the OECD, it's a very real way of finding out how well-prepared today's students ar...

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10 Rules For Writing Multiple Choice Questions: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning

10 Rules For Writing Multiple Choice Questions: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

A back-to-basics article about the undervalued and little-discussed multiple choice question. It’s not as exciting as discussing 3D virtual learning environments, but it might be just as important. If you need to use tests, then you want to reduce the errors that occur from poorly written items.


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5 Tips to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Assessments in E-learning | Custom Training and eLearning Blog

5 Tips to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Assessments in E-learning | Custom Training and eLearning Blog | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Assessments in eLearning courses should accurately measure the learning so that the desired learning objective is met.

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Understoodit.com - Understand Your Students

Understoodit.com - Understand Your Students | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Measure students' understanding in real-time


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The Best Sites For Creating Online Polls & Surveys | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Sites For Creating Online Polls & Surveys | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.