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e-Assessment Handbook – Geoffrey Crisp – Where have you been all my life

e-Assessment Handbook – Geoffrey Crisp – Where have you been all my life | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it
I found this a useful article as it covers how the book discusses more than just assessment of learning but a variety of opportunities for assessment for learning. The article also provides links to a number of useful e-Assessment resources and tools.

Only recently I ran into the e-Assessment Handbook by Geoffrey Crisp of Continuum Books and the TransformingAssessment website which is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowship resource...
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Announcing Winners of the Digital Media and Learning Research Competition | Rewards, Reputation, Recognition

Announcing Winners of the Digital Media and Learning Research Competition | Rewards, Reputation, Recognition | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Join the winners of the Digital Media and Learning Research Competition, "Badges, Trophies, and Achievements," for a conversation about the current state of research on recognition and accreditation systems for informal and interest-driven learning. We will explore some of the opportunities provided by employing badges and other assessment systems in learning communities, some of the dangers, and consider the pressing research questions that need to be addressed. Over the last year, a wide-ranging public conversation about potential future applications of badges and the place of badges in our learning ecosystem has captured the attention of educators, technology makers, and researchers. How can current and past research inform these debates? What are the most important questions we need to raise about the effective design and deployment of badge and reputation systems?


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Apple's new vision of education

Useful article, which explores in some depth the implications of Apple's new iBooks, iBookstore and iTunes U app, and some of the challenges and opportunities for education. 

 

"Apple made it clear this week that one of the industries it hopes to reinvent is education -- an area in which the company has a long history. Columnist Ryan Faas explains what Apple has in mind for schools."

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RSC e-Assessment: Assessment in the Apple orchard

RSC e-Assessment: Assessment in the Apple orchard | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Will iBooks, the iBook Author and the iTunes U app liberate content and lead to positive changes for learning and assessment? Possibly, in the Apple orchard at least. 

 

"A new authoring tool, the iBooks Author, will enable anyone to create their own e-textbooks, publish and even sell them via the iBookstore. The iTunes U app, which can be installed on an iPad, iPhone or iPod can be used to build and access courses using content from the iBookstore, the internet, iCloud etc...

 

Educators have been making their own content available for years (eg as OERs with Creative Commons licenses)... but I think perhaps the shiny, extra piece that Apple have provided, is to supercharge access to self-developed content, allowing this to be easily integrated with material from a range of sources and enabling it to be tracked (across a range of Apple devices)..."

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Rowin’s Blog: Evaluating feedback for elearning: centralised tutors

Rowin’s Blog: Evaluating feedback for elearning: centralised tutors | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Providing fast, focused feedback to a cohort of 200 busy professionals undertaking vocational distance learning with tuition provided by a diminishing number of tutors, a number of whom are part-time, is definitely a challenging undertaking, and one for which the TQFE-Tutor system at the University of Dundee provides an innovative centralised approach. The Evaluating Feedback for eLearning: Centralised Tutors (EFFECT) project, part of the JISC Assessment and Feedback programme Strand B, will be exploring the impact of this system and considering ways of further refining the process to maximise efficiency and student benefits."

 

This post provides an overview of a centralised tutor support system and apparent benefits, such as supporting independent learning, peer interaction, streamlining the assessment process and reducing administrative workloads.

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Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley

Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

This is quite a technical post on developing open badges, in particular focusing on badge validatation (which will clearly be required to check that a badge is genuine and issued from the issuer it says it's from to the issuee). You can see an example of what an open badge might look like and how verification might work.

 

"Last week I had the opportunity to work with Brian Brennan, who is the technical lead on Mozilla’s Open Badges project. One of the problems that interested me during the work week was validating open badges.

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 I built a demo that showed off in-browser verification of badges. I’d love to see the badge spec continue to evolve, and become even more robust. The next step is signing badges is going to ensure that they can’t be tampered with. It should be interesting to verify that inside the browser. It’d also be good to switch to the ‘iTXt’ PNG chunk, which is designed to hold international text, such as URLs."


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'Badges' Earned Online Pose Challenge to Traditional College Diplomas | LinkedIn

I found this a useful article on badges. It covers the DML Open Badges competition and provides a range of examples of where badges are currently being used to credentialize learning and hard and soft skill, as well as considering implications for accreditors and employers. 

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Announcing the Stage One Winners of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition

Announcing the Stage One Winners of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

The 4th HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition today announced the 16 winners of Stage One of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition, held in conjunction with the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition and in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation.

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RSC e-Assessment: What are Open Badges?

RSC e-Assessment: What are Open Badges? | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

A brief overview of the Mozilla Badge System Framework and a pilot being run by the School of Webcraft using the framework.

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TheGameiT handbook

The GameIT Handbook provides an introduction to games based learning, including approaches, case studies and templates for designing games. Sometimes referred to as 'serious games' in educational contexts, assessment is a key component of gaming, where solving problems, responding to challenges and receiving frequent feedback are key to moving through the game.

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Forecast 2020: Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence

Forecast 2020: Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Brief but thought provoking article, including ideas about 'future universities'... "Let's focus on the resulting element - the "collective intelligence". Think about it as billions of human brains working using future super computers as a platform. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Srini Devadas described "collective intelligence" as consisting of two pillars: cloud computing and crowd computing. Cloud computing is using the Internet as a platform and making access to information available to everyone. Crowd computing, according to him, involves the analysis of information into "collective intelligence"; far beyond what we have today."
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Infographic: Next Steps in Mobile Learning | Mobile Learning Blog

Infographic: Next Steps in Mobile Learning | Mobile Learning Blog | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Useful infographic for thinking about / planning the implementation of mobile learning for teaching, learning and assessment.

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Augmented Reality and M-Learning

Augmented Reality and M-Learning | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Interesting article explaining Augmented Reality (AR) and some of the possible applications for learning. In terms of assessment, AR could be used by students to self-direct their own learning while on a field trip, discovering facts and related information to what they are looking at, which could then be followed up by assessment to check what has been learnt; ipsative assessment could take place through games based AR, where the avatars in the game interact with the immediate environment etc. Some intriguing possibilities...


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A new possibility: delivering dental and medical observational assessments (OSCEs) on an iPad | Getting Results -- The Questionmark Blog

A new possibility: delivering dental and medical observational assessments (OSCEs) on an iPad | Getting Results -- The Questionmark Blog | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it
IPads being used for observational assessment in Dental Radiology at the University of Dundee...
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RSC e-Assessment: #OpenBadges: challenges and opportunities for assessment

RSC e-Assessment: #OpenBadges: challenges and opportunities for assessment | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Thoughts on some of the potential challenges and opportunities of open badges for assessment.

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Digital Badges Threaten Colleges' Monopoly on Credentials - US News and World Report

Digital Badges Threaten Colleges' Monopoly on Credentials - US News and World Report | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Interesting article on the potential game-changing impact of badges...

 

"If digital badges gain employers' respect, colleges and universities will face significant competition, writes Kevin Carey, policy director of Education Sector. "Traditional colleges and universities use their present monopoly on the credentialing franchise to extract increasingly large sums of money from students," writes Carey. That will change—if badges prove their validity as credentials."


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Rowin’s Blog: The evaluation of assessment diaries and GradeMark at the University of Glamorgan

Rowin’s Blog: The evaluation of assessment diaries and GradeMark at the University of Glamorgan | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Another useful blog post by Rowin Young from JISC CETIS about an evaluation project at University of Glamorgan that is part of the JISC Assessment and Feedback Programme Strand B.

 

The project will evaluate variation of adoption of assessment diaries, which were introducted for scheduling and planning assessment, and to deal with assessment bunching. The use of GradeMark will also be reviewed regarding how it might address student dissatisfactions with feedback. The blog post covers some of the benefits the University has already identified through using the approaches and systems mentioned above.

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Rowin’s Blog: The e-Feedback Evaluation Project... for language learning

Rowin’s Blog: The e-Feedback Evaluation Project... for language learning | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Assessment of language learning naturally presents some unique challenges for both teaching staff and learners. Regular practice of both spoken and written language production is a vital part of language training and requires a significant amount of ongoing feedback to support the acquisition of competence in the subject. In a distance learning context in particular, but similarly in any setting where feedback is provided asynchronously rather than face-to-face, providing meaningful feedback on spoken texts especially is challenging, often requiring spoken feedback to correct pronunciation and structuring errors.

 

The focus of the eFeedback Evaluation Project (eFEP),... is the impact of the combination of both spoken and written feedback on language learning."

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Badges for Learning | Social Media in Higher Education

Badges for Learning | Social Media in Higher Education | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

I’m really excited that we were able to partner with SCVNGR to develop a badging system for this project. If the project gets funded, we’ll use an experimental design to evaluate the impact of integrating our badging system and related game dynamics into large lecture courses. As outcomes, we’ll measure differences in student engagement, attendance, and academic performance between the experimental group and the control group. 


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Wanted: Designers to Supercharge Learning in Digital Badges Competition | HASTAC

Wanted: Designers to Supercharge Learning in Digital Badges Competition | HASTAC | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Hurry: deadline is January 17th 2012...

 

'Mozilla is seeking designers and developers to participate in the $2 million “Badges for Learning” competition. Participants will have the chance to design digital badges for more than 60 different leading organizations, all aimed at providing recognition for learning that happens on the web or outside of school. 

 

Winners will receive funding from the MacArthur Foundation to make their designs a reality.'

 

You do not need to have the technical ability to create the badges at this stage, it the design concept that is currently being sought.

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RSC e-Assessment: Open Badges, MOOCs and Recognising Lifelong Learning

RSC e-Assessment: Open Badges, MOOCs and Recognising Lifelong Learning | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

I'm quite excited by the possibilities of open badges and how they could impact lifelong learning. In this post I consider my own experience of participating in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and how badges might have been useful within that kind of learning scenario. I also start to explore how an open badge framework might support the range of ways in which we learn and help develop skills for lifelong learning.

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RSC e-Assessment: Why I would like to use Open Badges for Assessment

RSC e-Assessment: Why I would like to use Open Badges for Assessment | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Assessment linked to open badges has been generating some interest lately. The concept of badges has come from gaming, where they can be gained as recognition of certain achievements while participating in a game but there has been interest in them recently in other contexts... In this blog post I discuss why I would like to have used open badges in my own learning and employment scenarios and how they might help to bridge formal and informal learning spheres and help us to accredit rapidly evolving skills, attributes and literacies. 

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The female voice - we need feedback on free text to speech for post 16 learners

The female voice - we need feedback on free text to speech for post 16 learners | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Learners recently helped us choose the male voice for text to speech for post 16 learners. We had over 350 responses from a wide range of learning contexts and ages!

Now we need your learner’s to help us select from 7 female voice actors to decide who will form the basis of a new, free high quality synthetic speech voice. With a high quality female voice to supplement the male voice we hope to open up the world of free high quality text to speech to everyone in FE, skills and HE sectors. We’ve got a range of voices with a good mix of regional accents to select from.

 

It’s quick, its easy, its online and the deadline is 21st December…

There are 7 voices each speaking for less than a minute and you can listen to them all and score them at http://tinyurl.com/jtdVoice2

 

Please can you forward this to your best contacts working directly with learners to ask them to invite / encourage / cajole students to listen to them and rate them for us in before the end of term and certainly before 21st December? It’s a quick job – only 4 questions and a Yes/No recommendation per voice.

Once again, apologies for the rush – we’re trying to work around Christmas!

Many thanks


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RSC e-Assessment: Launch of the Scottish e-Assessment Forum

RSC e-Assessment: Launch of the Scottish e-Assessment Forum | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

The Scottish e-Assessment Forum, which is organised and facilitated by the JISC RSC Scotland, launched on the 24th November 2011. This blog post provides an overview of the Forum, the presentations and topics discussed...

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Web-based collaborations for undergraduate science experiments (via Electronic Lab Notebooks)

Latest presentation from the Transforming Assessment series of webinars, run by the University of Adelaide. This webinar is presented by Brynn Hibbert and Douglas Duffy (University of New South Wales, Australia) and Rosanne Quinnell (University of Sydney), who discuss using Open Source and Open Access Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELN) for web based collaborations in undergraduate science experiments. Enabling global scientific experiments and peer assessment, the webinar covers some challenges which include parity when assessing across international boundaries, benchmarking assessment practice across different Universities, assessments with no 'right' answer and privacy vs open access feedback. 

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