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Nigel Coutts

Avoiding Assessment Mistakes - The Learner's Way - 57 views

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    Assessment is arguably the piece of the learning cycle we get most wrong. Whether looked at from the perspective of the learner, the teacher, the school administrator, the politician or the parent, assessment is misunderstood and poorly utilised as a tool for learning. The importance of changing this situation is only made more salient in light of the countless research studies from the likes of Jon Hattie & Dylan Wiliam that points to the power of effective assessment. So, what are the common mistakes and how might we avoid them?
joel008

Criterion-referenced assessment - 36 views

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    Criterion & norm-reference testing
Andrew Spinali

Teachers - Will We Ever Learn? - NYTimes.com - 4 views

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    Interesting read on teacher education reform. I'm not sure if I agree with everything, but the author makes some great points and had some strong suggestions to aid reform.
Thieme Hennis

UTS: Key assessment elements - Institute for Interactive Media and Learning (IML) - 29 views

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    good reference for assessment practices.
Thieme Hennis

» Blog Archive Learning happens everywhere - 35 views

  • Using TinCan, you’re able to store almost any experience of a learner, opening doors for analysing, researching and reporting accurately based on hard data. Its beauty is that TinCan is neither bound to a particular industry nor a particular domain; it can be used wherever we’d like to record the experiences of a learner like Sam, whether he’s on an internal social networking site, attending conferences or so on. Imagine the value of the information within the mine of data to be analysed!
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    very simple explanation of the TinCan API "{ "actor": "Sam", "verb": "played", "object": "guitar" }"
Roland Gesthuizen

BadgeStack: A Badge-Empowered Learning System - Produced by LearningTimes - 77 views

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    "BadgeStack is an innovative system with a game-like approach that assesses skills, recognizes learner achievement, sparks community, and excites learners of all ages."
Roland Gesthuizen

for the love of learning: Opting out of Grading Revised - 1 views

  • Assessment is not a spreadsheet -- it's a conversation
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    "One of the many reasons I blog is so that I can learn from others and rethink my own understandings. In light of the comments, I've revised the letter that I drafted to my children's teacher about opting them out of grading."
Brandon Workentin

Will · The "Immeasurable" Part 2 - 98 views

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    Important things are difficult to assess. Content Knowledge is easy to assess. Great infographic showing this.
Tim Jefferson

Solo Taxonomy - 7 views

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    SOLO was first described by Kevin Collis and John Biggs in 1982, updated in 2007.
Sara Thompson

Testing the Teachers - NYTimes.com - 79 views

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      assessment, yes; testing, no. There are plenty of other forms of providing data, such as portfolios. 
  • There has to be a better way to get data so schools themselves can figure out how they’re doing in comparison with their peers.
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      Does he actually think No Child Left Behind WORKS???
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  • If you go to the Web page of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and click on “assessment,” you will find a dazzling array of experiments that institutions are running to figure out how to measure learning.
  • Some schools like Bowling Green and Portland State are doing portfolio assessments — which measure the quality of student papers and improvement over time. Some, like Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, use capstone assessment, creating a culminating project in which the students display their skills in a way that can be compared and measured.
  • The challenge is not getting educators to embrace the idea of assessment. It’s mobilizing them to actually enact it in a way that’s real and transparent to outsiders.
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    There's an atmosphere of grand fragility hanging over America's colleges. The grandeur comes from the surging application rates, the international renown, the fancy new dining and athletic facilities. The fragility comes from the fact that colleges are charging more money, but it's not clear how much actual benefit they are providing.
Chris Betcher

What Works Clearinghouse - 10 views

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    The high volume of research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education can make it difficult to interpret and apply the results. We review the research. Then, by focusing on the results from high-quality research, we try to answer the question "What works in education?"  Our goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions.
Sarah Horrigan

Technology, Feedback, Action! - 61 views

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    The impact of learning technology on students' engagement with their feedback
Javier E

The Decline of Final Exams - NYTimes.com - 52 views

  • Keith O’Brien surveys a national decline in final exams, reflected at Harvard, where fewer than a quarter of the undergraduate courses scheduled the tests in the spring term last year.
  • There’s nothing magical about finals, Bangert-Drowns added. They can be arbitrary and abstract — an inauthentic gauge of what someone knows.
  • many still find value in the final exam. It might be stressful, even terrifying, but it has the singular power to force students to go back over material, think critically about what they have read, review hard-to-grasp-topics once more, and even talk about the subject matter with classmates and instructors — all of which enhance learning.
Carla Berryman

What Is Your Learning Style? | Edutopia - 153 views

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    a great ice breaker for students to help them define how they learn
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    multiple intelligence free on-line survey
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