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Links to various resources that introduce novel approaches to assessment that may enhance your blended course.

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Peer assessment - sometimes also called peer grading, peer evaluation, or peer review - is widely used in teaching both online and in person.

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

Thoughtful integration of peer assessments into coursework can enhance students' learning in a number of ways: it helps build trust and intellectual community; it leads to more thoughtful and reflective discussions; and it can help students cultivate a greater capacity for critical and evaluative judgment. Peer assessments can be used in any discipline Although often associated with courses in the arts and humanities, peer assessments can be added to classes in almost any discipline. Whether students are writing mathematical proofs, composing essays, or analyzing scientific data, there is likely room for some form of peer evaluation.

Peer assessments can be used in classes of all sizes Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) often use peer-assessed activities as an efficient way to evaluate student work on a large scale. The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.

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One Minute Paper. Rationale for One-Minute Paper The one-minute paper is a simple way of creating feedback in classes where student numbers are large.

One Minute Paper

The teacher poses some questions to the students on important topics near the end of a lecture, reviews the students' responses after the class and addresses any misunderstandings through feedback in the next class. The feedback directly relates to the students responses and can involve class discussion or even further probing of understanding by the teacher. In responding to the questions students learn what they do not understand and they might discuss this with peers or engage in their own search for answers outside class.

There are many variations on the one-minute paper and it can be used in any discipline to develop understanding or specific skills. Implementing the One-Minute Paper The basic idea is that before a lecture begins students are presented with two questions such as: Variations on this procedure are given by Steve Draper (see reference below) CTE - What Do Students Already Know? Doing so is grounded in learning theories (Ausubel, 1968; Dewey, 1938) and is supported by research on the learning process (Tobias, 1994; Dochy, Segers & Buehl, 1999; Fisher, 2004).

CTE - What Do Students Already Know?

For students, understanding their starting point will make it easier for them to see what they have learned by the end of the course. They can better recall past learning and construct “bridges” between old and new knowledge (Angelo & Cross, 1993). Ambrose, S. A. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. Angelo, T. & Cross, P. (1993). Ausubel, D., Novak, J, and Hanesian, H. (1968). Dewey, J. (1938). Dochy, F., Segers, M., & Buehl, M. (1999). Fisher, K.M. (2004). Kirk, D. (2005). iTeachU – Content Curation Tools. Content Curation ToolsJennifer Moss2014-05-13T14:38:01+00:00 What is Content Curation?

iTeachU – Content Curation Tools

As instructors, we are all information curators. How do you collect and share currently relevant content with your students? How do your students research and share information that they find with the rest of class? What tools do you use to manage or facilitate presentation of resources? Modern web tools make it easy for both students and instructors to contribute online discoveries to class conversations. Concept Mapping.

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) Home » All CFT Teaching Guides » Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) What Are CATs?

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are generally simple, non-graded, anonymous, in-class activities designed to give you and your students useful feedback on the teaching-learning process as it is happening. Examples of CATs include the following. The Background Knowledge Probe is a short, simple questionnaire given to students at the start of a course, or before the introduction of a new unit, lesson or topic. It is designed to uncover students’ pre-conceptions.The Minute Paper tests how students are gaining knowledge, or not. Why Should I Use CATs? CATs can be used to improve the teaching and learning that occurs in a class. How Should I Use CATs? Results from CATs can guide teachers in fine-tuning their teaching strategies to better meet student needs.

Where Can I Find More CATs? A number of web sites also feature information on and examples of CATs, including the following. Plickers. Making Learning Awesome! - Kahoot!