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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Stealth Assessment: embedded evidence-based assessment in games

Valerie Schute (see her publications) presents Transforming Assessment's most recent webinar.

"During gameplay, students naturally produce rich sequences of actions while performing complex tasks, drawing on a variety of competencies. Evidence needed to assess the competencies is thus provided by the players' interactions with the game itself (i.e., the processes of play), which can be contrasted with the end product(s) of an activity—the norm in educational environments.

"This presentation describes the design and development of evidence-based assessments (embedded in a game) to measure 21st Century competencies. When embedded assessments are so seamlessly woven into the fabric of the learning environment that they're invisible, called 'stealth assessment' (Shute, 2011; Shute, Ventura, Bauer, & Zapata-Rivera, 2009). Stealth assessments within games provide a way to monitor a player's current level on valued competencies. That information can then be used as the basis for support, such as adjusting the difficulty level of challenges or providing timely feedback.

"Note: the sound quality is quite poor for the first 15 minutes or so. The first 15 minutes covers a general introduction and the idea of 21st century skills. Skipping forward to start at the 15.50 minute marker where the sound quality improves will not unduly detract from the central message of this session.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

PBS LearningMedia

PBS has launched a free digital learning content platform: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/.

According to kidscreen.com, "Teachers and students now have access for their lessons and homework to more than 14,000 research-based instructional resources – including videos, interactive content, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans and worksheets. The digital platforms allows teachers to personalize the site by tagging resources and sharing ideas, recommendations and comments on how they’ve used media assets in their teaching with their professional learning networks via email or social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter. PBS Learning Media will also enable class pages – or curated content lists — for student viewing, feedback and instruction on interactive white boards and school-based intranets and other networking tools." See the full article here: http://kidscreen.com/2011/06/28/pbs-launches-free-educational-digital-platform/.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

possibly the coolest assessments ever

remix, mash-up, share: authentic web 2.0 assessment scenarios and criteria for interactive media, games and digital design

"To date, many teaching and learning projects have researched and successfully deployed the social networking potential of Web 2.0 (i.e. the integration of blogs, wikis and social networking systems into pedagogical practice). Yet beyond the social applications of Web 2.0, Australian university students in new media production and design courses must also develop a sufficient critical and practical literacy of Web 2.0. That is, we need to enable these students to create both technically and conceptually sophisticated content, with a practical knowledge of participatory and 'shared' media, 'small' media, viral and derivative media, mash-ups and remixing, appropriation and aggregation, and -- last but not least -- copyright."

Friday, May 13, 2011

MOOCs for Middle and High School Students #onlinelearning #OER

Kristin Gorski shared this great slide presentation during MobiMOOC 2011.

#mlearning in k12

MobiMOOC presentation by Andy Black (@andyjb). Slideshare followed by video of presentation below.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

self-test exercises as learning tools

This most recent Transforming Assessment webinar was presented by Emeritus Professor Tony Gardner-Medwin (University College London). 

"This session discusses self-test exercises as learning tools and in particular the use of Certainty-Based Marking (CBM) within LAPT (www.ucl.ac.uk/lapt) and Moodle to enhance reflective learning and highlight misconceptions. Also covered is the use of cooperative wiki editing of selected exercises by students to address comments on questions and improve explanations within LAPT and the issues around the drafting of exercises by students. The use of CBM for both formative and summative assessments is discussed at length." 

The webinar is about an hour and a half across six videos.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Planning an #mLearning Project

Slides from Judy Brown's #mobiMOOC webinar: 

Mobimooc Week 2 - Planning mLearning

View more presentations from Judy Brown

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A few thoughts about my first MOOC

I joined #MobiMOOC, my first Massive Open Online Course, one week ago. Five more weeks remain, but I thought I'd record a few initial impressions.

Setting up a Google map for participants to tag by way of introduction is a great idea; it really shows how massive and global a MOOC can get. It was thrilling to see so many participants, including many pioneering thinkers in the field of mobile learning.

MOOCs are more like learning parties than traditional courses. The host makes the rounds and periodically gathers everyone's attention, but guests are otherwise left to mingle and converse with each other.

The MOOC's use of Web 2.0 tools make it very tablet and smartphone friendly. I used both to interact with the wiki, google discussions, twitter, blog, youtube, and slideshare accounts. It's nice to have access across multiple devices.

The MOOC approach might also work really well with a large but defined group. A company-wide MOOC might be an interesting way for co-workers to share more flexible professional development opportunities. Perhaps even school-, district-, or state-wide MOOCS for educators.

Definitely looking forward to the next five weeks.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Join the #mLearning #MOOC

I'm very excited about the upcoming #MobiMOOC that runs for six weeks, from 4/2-5/13. It will be my first time experiencing a MOOC.

If you're interested in mobile learning (mlearning) and/or experiencing a massive open online course (MOOC), be sure to sign up. It's free and allows you to participate to whatever degree you like.

Here's the course schedule:
  • 4/2-8: Introduction to mLearning
  • 4/9-15: Planning an mLearning project
  • 4/16-22: Mobile for development
  • 4/23-29: Leading edge innovations in mLearning
  • 4/30-5/6: Interaction between mLearning and a mobile connected society
  • 5/7-13: mLearning in k12

Here's a post from the MobiMOOC organizer, Inge "Ignatia" de Waard, who did a beautiful job of setting this up.

Not so sure about the whole MOOC thing? Watch these videos, and read the reflections of one MOOC participant.

This may seem overwhelming at first, but all you need to do to get started is read through the MobiMOOC wiki, join the discussion group, and follow via your favorite social media tools.

Hope to see you there.