SlideShare Presentation on Assessment Feedback Posted by Julie Delazyn The impact of assessments on learning is something Questionmark Chairman John Kleeman has written about extensively in this blog. He has explained psychology research that demonstrates the importance of retrieval practice – including taking formative quizzes with feedback — as an efficient way of retaining learning for the long term. John has been focusing lately on what the effective use of feedback can bring to assessments, and he shared what he’s been learning during a presentation at the Questionmark Users Conference on Assessment Feedback – What Can We Learn from Psychology Research? In this SlideShare presentation, John Kleeman explains how assessments and feedback can influence learning and offers some good practice recommendations. For more on this theme, check out John’s conversation with Dr.
The History of Tribes Learning Communities - Tribes Learning Community Jeanne Gibbs had observed that children’s achievement and behavior in school seemed to be influenced by the quality of the classroom and school environment. Being a student at heart, Jeanne began exploring studies on school climate, human development, and the dynamics of organizational systems. In 1973 she was asked to consult with the Contra Costa County Department of Education towards the prevention of substance abuse related problems. There was little research at that time on prevention other than studies which confirmed that informational curricula alone did not deter problems. The author reasoned that since environment influences human behavior, building positive environments within schools and families not only would be preventive, but could be significant in promoting academic learning and social development.
What is open education? Open education is a philosophy about the way people should produce, share, and build on knowledge. Proponents of open education believe everyone in the world should have access to high-quality educational experiences and resources, and they work to eliminate barriers to this goal. Such barriers might include high monetary costs, outdated or obsolete materials, and legal mechanisms that prevent collaboration among scholars and educators. Promoting collaboration is central to open education. As the Open Education Consortium says: "sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built."
How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss. It was published this month by Corwin. Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Instructional Tactics Encourages higher level thinking (analysis, synthesis and evaluation, for example) Pushes the ability and willingness to consider and integrate opposing perspectives Extends knowledge and clarity around issues
Tin Can for Orgs Companies, schools and other organizations can benefit greatly by collecting all of their members’ learning experiences, from across many systems, in one place. You get insights that weren’t possible before — about your people and your organization as a whole. The best way to do this is by using the Tin Can API, and in particular, a Learning Record Store. The LRS can work with many different systems at the same time.
10 things I tell undergraduates I don’t need to tell you what you already hear from many quarters: get a well-rounded education and enjoy yourself. That is good advice. But here are the ten extra things I tell all undergraduate advisees interested in international public service: Acquire skills that are hard to get outside school. Your first temptation will be to fill your schedule with courses on fascinating subjects.
Collaborative learning  Collaborative learning is a situation in which two or more people learn or attempt to learn something together. Unlike individual learning, people engaged in collaborative learning capitalize on one another’s resources and skills (asking one another for information, evaluating one another’s ideas, monitoring one another’s work, etc.). More specifically, collaborative learning is based on the model that knowledge can be created within a population where members actively interact by sharing experiences and take on asymmetry roles. Put differently, collaborative learning refers to methodologies and environments in which learners engage in a common task where each individual depends on and is accountable to each other. These include both face-to-face conversations and computer discussions (online forums, chat rooms, etc.). Methods for examining collaborative learning processes include conversation analysis and statistical discourse analysis. Examples
Technologies from Classroom to e-learning It is often the case that we see exciting new dimensions of learning unlocked through the adoption of significant technology into classrooms. The history of educational technology, however, is littered with hopes and dreams that this time the new technology will revolutionize learning in classrooms. However, we continue to see more and more the daily intractable nature of the culture of classrooms (See Seymour Sarason's The Culture of School and the Problem of Change). There are still classrooms organized mostly in rows of kids, facing front, and listening to a teacher talk to them for more of the day than any of us care to admit. Our methods of education from 100 years ago have barely been touched by the promise of programmed learning, movies, video, television, computers, the Internet, smart boards, and almost any other list of technological innovations that one can iterate.
And How Students Can Respond In a continued effort to bring you the very best, most expert and diverse education content anywhere, in addition to the ideas of Grant Wiggins, Bena Kallick, Art Costa, and Nathan Jurgenson among others, TeachThought is also proud to share the ideas of Dr. Judy Willis, neuroscientist, Ph.D., and middle school teacher. By Dr. 5 Principles For Teaching Adults - GA Blog The motivations to learn evolve as you become older; and for an adult educator, teaching can be even more difficult without a basic understanding of adult learning theory. Malcolm Knowles, a pioneer in adult education, popularized the concept of five teaching strategies for adults, which states that students learn best when: Adults understand why something is important to know or doAdults have the freedom to learn in their own wayLearning is experientialThe time is right for them to learnThe process is positive and encouraging This post breaks down each principle outlined above, and details why it’s an important method to teaching adults effectively.
The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About Knowledge is a curse. Knowing things isn't bad itself, but it causes unhealthy assumptions -- such as forgetting how hard it was to learn those things in the first place. It's called the Curse of Knowledge. Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab - Research Applying Cognitive Psychology to Enhance Educational Practice The primary goal of this research, which is funded by the James S. McDonnell foundation, is to promote learning and memory performance within educational contexts through the investigation of principles in cognitive psychology. Studies address issues of transfer-appropriate and material-appropriate processing between encoding and retrieval. Applying tests in order to enhance learning and determining the desirable amount and timing of feedback regarding an individual's memory performance are methods that are currently under investigation.