Tag Archives: assessment

bookmarks for March 29th, 2013 through April 12th, 2013

bookmarks for February 9th, 2013

  • Learning outcomes are corrosive – Our dirty little secret: we use learning outcomes as boilerplate. But they are not benign.

    "Yet learning outcomes are not just another banal instrument deployed to monitor and quantify the achievements of students. The very purpose of this organisational instrument is to accomplish a shift in emphasis from learning to outcomes. This is a technique through which a utilitarian ethos to academic life serves to diminish what would otherwise be an open-ended experience for student and teacher alike. Those who advocate learning outcomes do so expressly with the aim of abolishing such experiences, which is why they so vociferously target anything that smacks of ambiguity."

    Take that LibEd. Take that MnSCU. I shall make a link to this post part of my learning outcomes. – (learningoutcomes assessment )

  • The MOOCs that ate themselves – As MOOCs go mainstream, they … go mainstream. Pedagogy, assessment, quality. It's Starbuck's all the way down. – (MOOC infographic )
  • Issues in developing and implementing e-Portfolios – Info graphic and summary of a longer report. Tension between purposes, where assessment trashes making. "Many organisations are looking to some form of e-Portfolio to meet this need. Yet there is a tension between the use of e-portfolios to record and reflect on learning, as a tools for learning itself and as a means to assessment." – (portfolios eportfolios assessment )

bookmarks for December 16th, 2012

bookmarks for June 23rd, 2012 through July 7th, 2012

  • Atlassian’s big experiment with performance reviews – how "HR Best Practice'. Twice a year, people would review themselves and their peers via 360-degree reviews" suck. take a hint, HR. i rated a colleage using 360 once. bogus scientific accuracy. – (wikis HR assessment #bsu )
  • Conflicted: Faculty And Online Education, 2012 I. Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman with Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik  – Faculty are skeptical – they ought to be – and administrators are excited – they're paid to be. An ad-laden, administrator-focused knee-jerk measuring survey report that shows little news. Perhaps one interesting bit: We're still suspect of the learning outcomes that (seemingly) suggest online is valid. "Professors, over all, do not have a positive view of the learning outcomes for online education. Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) say they believe that the learning outcomes for an online course are inferior or somewhat inferior to those for a comparable face-to-face course. Most of the remaining faculty members report that the two have comparable outcomes. Fewer than 6 percent of all instructors consider online to be either superior or somewhat superior to face-to-face instruction." That is, an online learning outcome is not the same as a face to face learning outcome. Huzzah! That's always been the place where the DE advocates like to hide the difference. That and using ENTHUSIASM as a substitute for consideration. Which, in fact, this survey is based on: they measured fear vs excitement, rather than, say, concern vs mindless buy in. As here: http://www.articulate.com/blog/the-19-best-elearning-blogs/. – (DE research evangelism )

bookmarks for November 3rd, 2010

  • Colleges Transform the Liberal Arts – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Rebrand the lib arts: "Taking a new form and, in some cases, going by a new name, the liberal arts are becoming a very visible force in the curricular lives of students. What's more, the number of students majoring in most humanities fields—disciplines viewed by some as the key to a liberal-arts education—has grown since the late 1980s." – (none)
  • Faculty Views About Online Learning – – via Tech-Rhet. Bar charts. Online is more work for less educational quality, and practiced mainly by the tenure-track faculty. I'm assuming this refers mainly to institutionalized CMS stuff. That's my over-generalization for the day. – (#plenk2010 DE openeducation open_learning CMS ple )
  • Stephen Downes: Deinstitutionalizing Education – Go, Stephen: "While a great deal of virtual ink has been spilled over the need to reform our schools and universities, I think we need to question how we manage education altogether. For it is manifest that the institution, the form in which we have managed education and society in general, has ultimately come to failure." This article is difficult to summarize, but it places institutionalized ed in there with corporate greed, exploitation, outsourcing, and powerlessness. And my university says, "Education is broken because we don't assess." Ed is broken alright, but it's broken like corporations are. – (#plenk2010 assessment openeducation open_learning ple )

bookmarks for October 11th, 2010 through October 12th, 2010