Archive for September, 2009
There’s a lively discussion (beginning here) going on on the VLEs JISCMail discussion list around ‘innovative ways of online assessing’. Although in some cases ‘innovative’ seems to be equated with ‘electronic’, there are some interesting activities and comments emerging:
- MS Word documents uploaded and marked by comments; Google Docs may provide greater preservation of comments.
- Ongoing submission process over the academic year managed by Moodle’s iterative assessment feature.
- ePortfolios - although Emma Duke-Williams observes that ‘mostly… they’re used as summative - and staff, rather than student, controlled repositories.’
- Awarding marks for posting in discussions on the VLE.
- Wiki contributions.
- Audio feedback.
- Video feedback.
- Peer assessment.
- Need to think beyond just summative assessment to consider formative and diagnostic assessment.
- Ways of seeing whether learners are engaging with feedback provided and acting on it.
- Knowing one’s students.
The standard of entries was excellent, with the winner - LearnHigher’s Making Group-work Work - being an outstanding example of the innovative, engaging and effective resource the judges were seeking. This extensive resource features a series of video ‘episodes’ following a group of five students as they work on a group project and covering many of the issues such activities involve such as personality clashes, reluctance to seek help from their tutor and what to do about the mysterious sixth group member who never turned up… Each episode is supplemented with notes and activities that users can interact with as they choose, and the whole resource is appropriate, reusable and a great deal of fun.
Runner up, Introducing English as a Lingua Franca from the York St John University, and third place Delivering Student Workshops also from LearnHigher, are also well worth checking out. Congratulations to all!