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Improving student assessment The issue Effective assessment has greater bearing on successful learning than almost any other factor. Increasing student numbers are adding to marking workloads for staff and students express more dissatisfaction with assessment and feedback than with any other aspect of their learning experience, according to the National Student Survey (2011). How technology can help Technology can enable different, new and more immediate methods of assessment, helping to reduce staff workloads whilst improving the quality of assessment and feedback for students. Resources Looking ahead Our new Assessment and Feedback programme, which runs to August 2014, is focusing on large-scale changes in assessment practice supported by technology, with a view to delivering information on tangible benefits and transferable practice.

Higher Ed Program > Rubric The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014 is a set of 8 General Standards and 43 Specific Review Standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. The Rubric is complete with Annotations that explain the application of the Standards and the relationship among them. A scoring system and set of online tools facilitate the review by a team of Peer Reviewers. Unique to the Rubric is the concept of alignment. This occurs when critical course components - Learning Objectives (2), Assessment and Measurement (3), Instructional Materials (4), Course Activities and Learner Interaction (5), and Course Technology (6) - work together to ensure students achieve desired learning outcomes. Specific Standards included in Alignment are indicated in the Rubric Annotations. Download the Standards from the QM Higher Education Rubric**. ** Please note: This document requires you to Sign In using your MyQM account credentials. The Eight General Standards:

Lumen Learning – OER Courses, Degree Programs, Adoption Medicles: Bitesize Self-Assessment in Medicine OPAL | Open Educational Quality Initiative Developing Core Proficiencies Curriculum - Odell Education Each unit focuses instruction and assessment on developing core proficiencies aligned with a limited set of targeted standards. Additionally, the activities of each unit integrate many other standards to support student learning. This two-tiered alignment design builds a variety of literacy skills in an integrated way, while developing core proficiencies through focused lesson sequences and assessment. The design also helps teachers capture precise evidence of student proficiency as they monitor student progress and integrate the series into a yearlong instructional plan. Unit activities have been built to encourage creativity and leadership development with the goal of empowering students with awareness and responsibility of their own learning. The units are strongly focused on deep analysis of texts in ways that encourage the expression and defense of personal thinking. Developing literacy with multimedia and technology are critical to the curriculum.

Classroom 2.0 PBL: What Does It Take for a Project to Be "Authentic"? Everyone thinks that Project-Based Learning has something to do with "authentic" learning. But not everyone agrees what this means. Take this quick quiz. Which of the following projects could be called authentic? a) Students learn about endangered species in their region and take action to protect them, including a public awareness campaign, habitat restoration fieldwork and communication with local government officials. b) Students design and create a calendar with pictures and information about endangered species, which they sell at a pre-winter break community event and donate the money to an environmental organization. c) Students play the role of scientists who need to make recommendations to an environmental organization about how to protect endangered species in various ecosystems around the world. To authenticity purists, a project is not really authentic unless it is in the real world, connected directly to the lives of students and real issues in their communities. Not Authentic

OER Commons Opinion Editorials (Op-Eds) | Talking About… | Frequently Asked Questions | Brochures and Explainers Opinion Editorials (Op-Eds) The following op-eds appeared in newspapers and on websites across northern New England. Champlain Valley Union High School: an op-ed about the school’s re-design efforts by Andre LaChance, English teacher and school advisor. Theordora J. David Theoharides, Superintendent, Sanford School Department in Maine shares his thoughts on proficiency-based graduation requirements. Talking About… Tammy Davis, Superintendent, Winnisquam Regional School District in New Hampshire, talks about systemic reform in the first in a series of newspaper columns. The following documents and links reflect recommendations based on the results of research on how Americans think about education and learning. Talking About System Redesign A set of Talking Points created by the Shaping Our Future Together statewide campaign in Vermont. Frequently Asked Questions Brochures & Explainers

Case studies in social bookmarking - Empowering learners with social bookmarking Introducing social bookmarking with students Anne talks about the process for her and students to work out what new tools can provide and then how they can enrich the learning experience. Allowing ‘set up’ time initially to help students to familiarise with the tools is an important part of this process. <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="applets/audio.swf? The social aspects of social bookmarking Students are using social bookmarking for tagging, collaborative research, sharing resources and some students are embedding the tools within their workplace practice. <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="applets/audio.swf? Blending personal, professional and learning with social software The blurring of identities and networks between home, study and work is something that Anne’s students are beginning to acknowledge. <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="applets/audio.swf? Links Back to top © Commonwealth of Australia 2008.

HippoCampus - Homework and Study Help - Free help with your algebra, biology, environmental science, American government, US history, physics and religion homework Taking the Learners and Technology Outdoors I began my career as an educator as an outdoor educator. Now I teach educational technology. Given both the ever increasing sedentary and indoor lives of kids and the advancement of technology, the time is ripe to combine the two. Current and recurring themes that guide my ideas about what constitutes a “good” education include: Learning should extend beyond the classroom walls.Outdoor education is good for students and adults.Mobile technology is engaging and interesting; and can create authentic and relevant learning experiences.Mobile learning should be just that – mobile. Moving Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls The Council for Learning Outside of the Classroom provides the following rationale for taking learning beyond the classroom walls: The Benefits of Outdoor Education A report from the National Wildlife Federation, Back to School: Back Outside, shows how outdoor education and time is connected with wide-ranging academic benefits including: 5 Ways to Take Technology Outdoors:

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