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Improving Student Learning through Formative Assessment Just imagine if a pilot flew without adjusting for variables such as storms and headwinds. Visualize an airliner flying from London to Vancouver. It flies west for about 9 hours and then land. The pilot then asks, “Is this Vancouver?”

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:00

Applying Universal Design to Assessment

Universal Design Principle #6: UD of AssessmentApplying the principles of Universal Design to assessment is sometimes a stumbling block for even the strongest advocates of accessible learning opportunities.

Looking for ways to implement iPads into your classroom.  Check out Jacqui Murray's recent blog post Is a just a giving a grade enough feedback to impact learning?  Advancements in computer generated grading of essays has brought this, and many other questions about automation, to the forefront.  

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:00

Why Multiliteracies?

Why Multiliteracies?A few months ago I wrote an introductory article on Multiliteracies Theory. In this article I plan to expand on the topic and discuss how it’s related to 21st century learning and why it should be a focus in the classroom.

The Technium: Techno Life SkillsStephen Downes re-conceptualizes our understanding of cheating in his blog post "New Forms of Assessment: measuring what you contribute rather than what you collect. Rather than cracking down on cheating why not put our energies into supporting and encouraging cooperation and contribution to the greater learning community?

Friday, 27 April 2012 08:00

Assessing Authentically

Assessing AuthenticallyBefore deciding on your assessments, you should have already established the learning outcomes at the program, course and module levels. If you haven’t, the Lesson/Module Planning of this website can help get you started.

Friday, 20 April 2012 17:46

Formative vs. Summative Assessment

Formative vs. Summative AssessmentAn instructor may choose to use different learning activities and assessments to encourage learning. There is a large difference between what is used to provide feedback (formative assessment) and what is used as a summary of learning (summative assessment).

Friday, 20 April 2012 16:47

Course Design Terminology

Course Design TerminologyWhen you’re designing a course, especially when it is your first time, there can be a lot of new terminology to learn. Here’s a quick list to get you started. This is instruction that does not happen at predetermined or regular intervals.

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