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Assessing Student Learning - five practical guides

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

The conditions under which group work is conducted are crucial to its success:

Group work, under proper conditions, encourages peer learning and peer support and many studies validate the efficacy of peer learning. Under less than ideal conditions, group work can become the vehicle for acrimony, conflict and freeloading. It may also impose a host of unexpected stresses on, for example, students with overcrowded schedules living long distances from the University.
(University of Wollongong assessment policy, 2002)

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Students as Formative Assessment Partners | Faculty Focus

Students as Formative Assessment Partners | Faculty Focus | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
“Creating a climate that maximizes student accomplishment in any discipline focuses on student learning instead of assigning grades. This requires students to be involved as partners in the assessment of learning and to use assessment results to change their own learning tactics.” (p. 136) The authors of this comment continue by pointing out that this assessment involves the use of formative feedback and that feedback has the greatest benefit when it addresses multiple aspects of learning. This kind of assessment should contain feedback on the product (the completed task) and feedback on progress (the extent to which the student is improving over time). The article then describes a number of formative feedback activities that illustrate how students can be involved as partners in the assessment process. Their involvement means that formative feedback can be given more frequently.
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Rubrics in 2.0 video by @Moodlerooms | Moodle News

Rubrics in 2.0 video by @Moodlerooms | Moodle News | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Another video for your Wednesday morning (or afternoon), this one comes from Moodlerooms (@moodlerooms) and highlights creating a Rubric via template, a major time saver and a great resources for providing consistent feedback on written assignments and projects across courses.

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On assessing for creativity: yes you can, and yes you should

On assessing for creativity: yes you can, and yes you should | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"I tweeted yesterday an interesting news item in Erik Robelen’s blog in Education Week that a few states (Oklahoma, California, Massachusetts) are seriously looking into some sort of assessment of creative thinking as part of the whole 21st century skills/entrepreneurship movement. I think it is a great idea, with a lot of potential for leveraging change.

Now, of course, the naysayers are quick to say that you cannot measure creative thinking. This is silly: here is a rubric for doing so..."


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Rethinking Curriculum Writing, Part 2

Rethinking Curriculum Writing, Part 2 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This is a continuation of the 'Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really' that I scooped yesterday. (Both by Grant Wiggins)  In this post he continues to look at "an explosion of educational innovation" (which began in the 1930s). Along with Ralph Tyler (whom he brought up in his first post) he also presents work from Harold Fawcett, Hollis Caswell, and John Dewey. This post looks at the concepts of curriculum scope and sequence, with a focus on sequence, and if it is 'logical' or 'psychological'. 


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Cool or fool? Which of these news stories are fake? | KurzweilAI

Cool or fool? Which of these news stories are fake? | KurzweilAI | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
OK, we admit it may not always be obvious, but KurzweilAI does not make up its news items. Really. Well ... except this time.
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Sloan’s 5 Pillars of Quality Online Education

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Using Quizmaker '09 to Build Magazine-Style Assessments - E-Learning Heroes

Using Quizmaker '09 to Build Magazine-Style Assessments - E-Learning Heroes | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
E-Learning Heroes: Step-by-step tutorials for building better courses, fast answers to your e-learning questions, free downloads for your e-learning projects.

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Hot Potatoes

Hot Potatoes | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web.

 

Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source.


This venerable product is no longer being updated.  It remains viable for those willing to dig in and tweak things a bit.


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Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really.

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Video games are especially startling from the perspective of conventional views of curriculum and instruction. According to the standard view, I should never be able to learn and greatly improve at the games since there is no formal and explicit curriculum framed by knowledge, and – even more puzzling – no one teaches me anything! I shouldn’t learn but I do. In games (and in life), I begin with performance challenges, not technical knowledge.


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The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy

The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

While "technology will replace teachers" seems like a silly argument to make, one need only look at the state of most school budgets and know that something's got to give. And lately, that something looks like teachers' jobs, particularly to those on the receiving end of pink slips. Granted, we haven't implemented a robot army of teachers to replace those expensive human salaries yet (South Korea is working on the robot teacher technology. I'll keep you posted.). But we are laying off teachers in mass numbers. Teachers know their jobs are on the line, something that's incredibly demoralizing for a profession already struggles mightily to retain qualified people.

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Tips for making the move to online assessments | eSchool News

Tips for making the move to online assessments | eSchool News | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Online assessments present a handful of concerns for school technology leaders, said Ray Eernisse, chief information officer for Missouri’s Francis Howell School District, and Daniel Honore, director of information services for Wisconsin’s Kenosha Unified School District.
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Assesssing Online Learning: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities Faculty Focus Report Report0309


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Accreditor Threatens 10 Colleges Owned by Career Education Corp. - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Accreditor Threatens 10 Colleges Owned by Career Education Corp. - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges has demanded that 10 institutions operated by the Career Education Corporation “show cause”—i.e., justify—why their accreditation should not be revoked, the company has disclosed in filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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7 Things You Should Know About LMS Evaluation | EDUCAUSE

7 Things You Should Know About LMS Evaluation | EDUCAUSE | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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At many institutions, the current LMS is five or more years old. In that time, the teaching and learning context might have changed considerably, and other products, including open-source options, have emerged, raising the question of whether an institution should conduct a complete evaluation of its LMS strategy. The LMS serves as the linchpin of an institution’s teaching and learning enterprise, and as such it should provide maximum value and flexibility for the faculty. The examination of the LMS forces an institution to take a hard look at its teaching practices, to educate the faculty that the LMS can be more than a “course website,” and to invite them to use the full spectrum of teaching tools it provides. If a decision is made to replace the LMS, such an undertaking can bring with it a steep learning curve. As changes in education delivery and redefinition of student needs continue to reshape the modern campus, colleges and universities might find themselves adapting to pedagogical changes more frequently than in the past.

The "7 Things You Should Know About..." series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.

In addition to the "7 Things You Should Know About…" briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.


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Why Universities Will Be the Biggest Awarder of Badges (and When) | iterating toward openness

Why Universities Will Be the Biggest Awarder of Badges (and When) | iterating toward openness | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

As interest in badges continues to increase, it occurs to me that in their passion for gameification, innovation, and outright reinvention, many in the field are overlooking the place where badges make the most sense of all – the formal higher education institution. There are at least two high-level reasons why higher education is the perfect place for badging.

 


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I’m Exploring the BadgeStack Project and You Should, Too! | Online College Tips – Online Colleges

I’m Exploring the BadgeStack Project and You Should, Too! | Online College Tips – Online Colleges | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Last week I attended an online presentation from Learning Times that focused on digital badges for learning and professional enhancement. The session, Badge-based Learning and 21st Century Skills [recording], described "a digital badge ecosystem" that aims to help all kinds of learners capitalize on "living in an age of opportunity for learning, specialization and innovation like none ever seen before." Presenter Jonathan Finkelstein, founder of Learning Times and Director of the BadgeStack project, noted that, "not everything needs to add up to a final grade anymore."

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OER Rubrics and Evaluation Tool | Achieve.org

OER Rubrics and Evaluation Tool | Achieve.org | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Open Educational Resources (OER) offer opportunities for increasing equity and access to high-quality K–12 education. Many state education agencies now have offices devoted to identifying and using OERs and other digital resources in their states.

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Where is reflection in the learning process?

Where is reflection in the learning process? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

I asked the students to get in small groups to discuss these questions. They got in their groups and just looked at one another with baffled looks on their faces while remaining silent. I tried rewording the questions and providing examples and still got blank looks when they returned to their group discussions.


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Thanks Nik for this wonderful article. Yes, we need to teach students how to reflect on their learning process.
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Why Forms in Google Docs are Perfect for Creating Online Surveys

Why Forms in Google Docs are Perfect for Creating Online Surveys | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Learn why spreadsheet forms in Google Docs are a perfect tool to create online polls and surveys for free.

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5 video case studies of e-portfolio implementation + an implementation toolkit

5 video case studies of e-portfolio implementation + an implementation toolkit | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"JISC has created a site with videos from five UK universities and colleges that document their experience in implementing e-portfolios across a relatively wide range of subject areas.

In addition, this site also provides an e-portfolio implementation tool kit, based on the experiences of its case study contributors: 12 UK, 4 Australian and 3 New Zealand partner institutions together with one professional organisation."

 

Tony Bates details the contents of the e-portfolio toolkits in this post.

Go browse the JISC site (list is provided at bottom of their website) - rich in resources!

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/

 


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e-Portfolio Implementations Toolkit

e-Portfolio Implementations Toolkit | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This toolkit is designed to support those involved in the implementation of e-portfolios in higher (HE) and further education (FE) and work-based learning: practitioners planning to use e-portfolios in curriculum design and middle and senior managers addressing strategy and policy issues and challenges relating to the introduction of technologies for learning.


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Free Picture Image Based Survey Questionnaire Tool | SurveyLegend

Free Picture Image Based Survey Questionnaire Tool | SurveyLegend | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

survey too using pictures


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Digitize and Assess Student Work with ThreeRing

Digitize and Assess Student Work with ThreeRing | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Born out of Startup Weekend EDU in Washington DC last fall, ThreeRing has been hard at work over the past few months transforming its initial idea and prototype into a working application and a brand new startup. Earlier this month, ThreeRing launched its open beta with two apps -- one for Android (link) and one for iPhone (link) -- available in their respective mobile app stores.


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E-Portfolios as Digital Stories of Deep Learning

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E-Portfolios as Digital Stories of Deep Learning
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