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Getting started with Assessment for Learning

Glossary Active learning Learning which engages students and challenges their thinking, using a variety of activities. Assessment for learning Essential teaching strategies during learning to help teachers and students evaluate progress in terms of understanding and skills acquisition, providing guidance and feedback for subsequent teaching and learning. Closed question A question that can be answered with either a single word (usually ‘yes’ or ‘no’) or a short phrase and the choice of answers is limited. Cold calling Questioning technique in which the teacher selects a learner at random to answer a question, instead of learners putting up their hands to answer a question. Critical thinking The ability, underlying all rational discourse and enquiry, to assess and evaluate analytically particular assertions or concepts in the light of either evidence or wider contexts. Ego-specific feedback Feedback to the learner that focuses on their personal qualities.

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As communist China turns 70, a 'Great Fracture' emerges with US Mike Pompeo, Wang Yi are posing for a picture: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the United Nations Seventy years after the founding of communist China, once rosy predictions of coexistence with the United States have dissipated with expectations rising instead of a long-term, globe-spanning rivalry. The United Nations General Assembly showcased the harsh new tone between the world's two largest economies, with US President Donald Trump declaring from the rostrum that the age of tolerance for China's "abuses" was over.

Teaching Excellence What can instructors do to support students? Tragic events may take an emotional and cognitive toll on students, disrupt their lives, and interfere with learning for extended periods. Here we have strategies and resources to help instructors support students in the wake of tragedy. Promoting Academic Integrity Revisiting Hitler, in a New Authoritarian Age In a 2018 volume of the German Yearbook of Contemporary History devoted to new research on Hitler, the editors Elizabeth Harvey and Johannes Hürter identified a recent “Hitler boom,” an unexpected increase in German research into Hitler beginning around 2013. But they’re wary of ascribing that upswing to public concerns. Academics, Harvey said, are largely not responding to “the worrying upsurge today of right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism, racism, right-wing populism, extremist leader figures” by thinking, “Right, I’m going to go write a better biography of Hitler to cure that.” Indeed, professional historians are wary of drawing too many parallels between Hitler and authoritarian-minded present-day leaders.

Formative assessment in the classroom and school Teachers and schools need to check for learning throughout the school year, not just wait for final examinations. Formative assessment can improve student outcomes if part of a fair, valid, and reliable process of gathering, interpreting, and using infor­mation generated from methods used throughout the student learning process. Formative assessment methods include a combination of the following: student observations, class assignments, projects and presentations, performances, peer reviews, conversations and interviews with students, learning logs, and quizzes and tests.

Kronstadt Uprising – Seventeen Moments in Soviet History Texts Images Video Other Resources Subject essay: James von Geldern The naval base of Kronstadt lies on Kotlin Island near the head of the Gulf of Finland. Peter the Great captured the island from the Swedes in 1703 and built it into a naval fortress to protect his new capital. Open University Learning Design Here you will find information about the Open University's approach to Learning Design. Learning Design involves a set of tools, views and principles which help guide the curriculum design process and place the student experience at the heart of curriculum design. The Open University is proud to be recognised for the quality of its learning and teaching and invests staff time and production and presentation costs in developing and maintaining its curriculum to ensure that what is offered to students is fit for purpose and delivers institutional priorities. In order to achieve this, the University has adopted an approach to developing its curriculum called OU Learning Design, which supports a consistent, structured design, specification and review process. It provides a simple set of tools and resources that enable a student-activity based approach that puts the learning journey at the heart of the design process. OU Learning Design is characterised by three principles:

The legacy of autocratic rule in Tanzania - from Nyerere to life under Magufuli The Arusha Declaration of 1967 is a defining document in Tanzania’s and Africa’s post colonial history. It began a process of nationalisation and rural collectivisation which was then replicated in other parts of the continent. As one of the few countries in East Africa not beset by internecine conflicts, Tanzania is often seen as a beacon of hope. But the country’s history hasn’t been entirely peaceful. For example, the creation of the United Republic in 1964 was the outcome of a bloody revolution in Zanzibar.

ICOIE 2017 Dr Eva Tsang Director, Educational Technology and Publishing The Open University of Hong Kong Mobile learning is widely regarded as the next milestone in educational development. The widespread use of iPads/tablets in education calls for a paradigm shift in pedagogical approaches.

Comintern – Seventeen Moments in Soviet History Texts Images Video Audio Music Subject essay: Lewis Siegelbaum The Third or Communist International (typically abbreviated as Comintern) was founded in Moscow in March 1919 amidst proclamations of the end of the world capitalist order and the coming triumph of the revolutionary proletariat. HANDSON Radio broadcast from Scotland – Handson ICT John’s Edutalk Radio Studio – Image Credit: John Johnston, CC BY Every week, Scottish educators; John Johnston and David Noble, broadcast an online radio show; Edutalk in which they talk to people doing interesting things in the world of education, ICT and digital technology. Last Wednesday John interviewed Ania Rolinska, an English and Technology officer and tutor from University of Glasgow, who helped facilitate the HANDSON MOOC together with Ian Guest, Head of e-learning at an all girls school in Sheffield, England. Ian was a participant in the 3rd Pilot of the MOOC. After providing some background on the history and variety of of MOOCs, Ian shared his personal experience of the HANDSON MOOC. Ania described the HANDSON MOOC and explained its real value for project-based learning in combining a range of structured activities that are underpinned by theory, linked to personal projects selected by the participating teachers.

Russian Revolution, Civil War and USSR 1917-1991 - EuroDocs Flag of Russia EuroDocs > History of Russia: Primary Documents > Russian Revolution, Civil War and USSR 1917-1991 Before the 1917 Revolution Evaluation iTEC classrooom pilots: final evaluation results September 2014 Evaluating the impact of iTEC Learning Activities in schools