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Using Multiple Course Evaluations to Engage and Empower Your Students and Yourself

Using Multiple Course Evaluations to Engage and Empower Your Students and Yourself | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Course evaluations are often viewed as a chore; one of those unpleasant obligations we do at the end of each course. In the Teaching Professor Blog post "End-of-Course Evaluations: Making Sense of Student Comments," Maryellen Weimer is bang-on in stating that the comments students dash off can be more confusing than clarifying.

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Evaluations as formative evaluation will structure feedback and give your students a voice.  Sometimes you're able to make course corrections during the class. Other times, you revise materials for the next semester. 

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, January 2, 2013 8:15 PM

I'dlove to know more about this course!

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Google Quizes

Google Quizes | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
How to create a self-grading quiz using Google Forms.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Anything you can do to automate assessment will help you save time for your real job (teaching). 

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Katie Frank's comment, December 30, 2012 1:51 PM
I am so up for this! :)
Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 30, 2012 3:37 PM

This is a very easy to use tool, well explained with good potential for marketing, training, PR and community relations.

asnal abbas's comment, December 31, 2012 7:33 AM
survived in lowland lowland semogah year there is a change in 2013
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5 ways online education can keep its students honest

5 ways online education can keep its students honest | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As online learning platforms like Coursera, Udacity and edX raise the stakes for students with increased partnerships with traditional universities and credit-bearing classes, here are five technologies that can help them thwart cheating.

Via Mark Smithers, Faiz A.H, Dr. Richard NeSmith
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Cheating is pervasive in both face to face and online environments.  I think it's easier to recognize in an online environment where the voice of a student is established in discussion threads.  Ultimately, creating assignments that call for creative and critical thinking and a unique product are the best way to avoid the classic 'answers on the hand' scenarios. 

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Formative Assessment Is Foundational to Blended Learning -- THE Journal

Formative Assessment Is Foundational to Blended Learning -- THE Journal | E-Learning, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Lyudmila Anikina
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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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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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Blubbr - Create Interactive Quizzes Using YouTube Clips

Blubbr - Create Interactive Quizzes Using YouTube Clips | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Using Blubbr you can create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips. Your quizzes can be about anything of your choosing. The structure of the quizzes has a viewer watch a short clip then answer a multiple choice question about the clip. Viewers know right away if they chose the correct answer or not.


Via Anne Whaits
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Quizzes embedded in YouTube video... what a great idea!  I've found that most students don't really get the point when viewing a video. A brief quiz style check for undestanding could be a great way to improve comprehension. 

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Dee KC's curator insight, February 9, 2013 5:49 PM

That solves the problem of 20 minutes tomorrow between put the yourk shire in and the veg on.

Marina Cousins's curator insight, March 26, 2014 2:31 AM

Very interesting.  Something else to look at.

Suzy Romanelli's curator insight, April 9, 2014 11:52 AM

This is a great tool. I could see many uses in business.  It is interactive,  so will keep learners motivated.  On the SAMR model it will fall in the category of Augmentation, useful for show and tell and then confirmation of learning (behaviourism).

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Test and Assess – be a curator!

Test and Assess – be a curator! | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
A key component to this process, which is tied directly into active assessment strategies, is synthesizing or making sense of the information gathered. Sense making can be writing a blog post using the links (like this post) or summarizing the key points in a presentation. Gathering and collecting specific content points is the beginning, and creating the theme is where an individual demonstrates their analysis and evaluation of the content included in a post or presentation shared. Kanter wrote, “Content curation is not about collecting links or being an information pack rat, it is more about putting them into a context with organization, annotation, and presentation.”   
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This article will help you understand how curating relates to both Bloom's taxonomy and the Engagement Pyramid proposed by Charlene Li and Jeremiah Owyang.


For those who must plan to standards, this article will give you great theoretical backing for teaching and using curation in your classroom. 


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Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, December 27, 2012 5:19 PM

I agree. Education used to be about finding the information. With potential access to everything now, the focus should be on making sense of it and finding connections, drawing correlations and making conclusions - to become thinkers.

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Content Mastery and Problem Solving Skills

Content Mastery and Problem Solving Skills | E-Learning, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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, Instructional Design, 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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University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.