Session 6 Tasks and Assignment


Hello again everyone! Am I getting better at this? Somewhat 🙂 Thank you for all the positive comments!
** Note ** The images that I included can be viewed bigger if you click on the image itself. I just found that out a few minutes ago :). I was thinking how the heck is someone going to view such a small image and know what I am talking about? I clicked it by accident and I discovered YOU CAN VIEW IT BIGGER! 🙂

Happy Readings everyone!!!

1. What is the difference between assessment and evaluation?

The difference between assessment and evaluation is that assessment typically requires students completing a number of individual and team projects (page 239 in The Power of eLearning), while evaluation deals with assessing student performance (page 240 in The Power of eLearning). 

I felt a bit confused with how it was expressed in the book so I had to look up the definition elsewhere just to get a clearer picture. Under http://assessment.uconn.edu/what/index.html the definition for assessment was

  • Assessment involves the use of empirical data on student learning to refine programs and improve student learning.  
  • Assessment is the process of gathering and discussing information from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences; the process culminates when assessment results are used to improve subsequent learning.
  • Assessment is the systematic basis for making inferences about the learning and development of students.  It is the process of defining, selecting, designing, collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and using information to increase students’ learning and development.  

Under this same website http://assessment.uconn.edu/what/index.html I found these great graphics that helped me understand the term better

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I also looked up the definition for evaluation under the following website http://infed.org/mobi/evaluation-theory-and-practice/

  • Evaluation is the systematic exploration and judgment of working processes, experiences and outcomes. It pays special attention to aims, values, perceptions, needs and resources.
  • First, evaluation entails gathering, ordering and making judgments about information in a methodical way. It is a research process.
  • Second, evaluation is something more than monitoring. Monitoring is largely about ‘watching’ or keeping track and may well involve things like performance indicators. Evaluation involves making careful judgments about the worth, significance and meaning of phenomenon.
  • Third, evaluation is very sophisticated. There is no simple way of making good judgments. It involves, for example, developing criteria or standards that are both meaningful and honor the work and those involved.
  • Fourth, evaluation operates at a number of levels. It is used to explore and judge practice and programs and projects.

2. What are the challenges to assessment and evaluation in eLearning?

There are many challenges to assessment and evaluations in eLearning.  As mentioned under http://infed.org/mobi/evaluation-theory-and-practice/ , you are making judgments on someone else’s work.  That student may have spent days and days trying to perfect their work only to be told it was not good enough. 

The same can be said about assessment as stated under http://assessment.uconn.edu/what/index.html , you are assessing to improve on a test based on a certain group of students.  However, not all students are the same every year so the improvements you make on an assessment for the following year may not be appropriate for future students.  You also lose sight that not all students will have great success with an eLearning class.  I thought I was good at electronics and getting around the internet but this class opened my eyes to so many different things.

3. Explain the possible use of an online portfolio in eLearning.

The possible use of an online portfolio in an eLearning class would be:

  • To keep track of students individual and team projects,
  • To keep examples of student work,
  • To keep examples of student work,
  • To keep examples of self-evaluations,
  • To keep examples of peer-evaluations,
  • And to include excerpts from students’ comments in electronic discussions.
  • (page 238 in The Power of eLearning)

4. Identify at least two ways to measure student participation in an online class and explain how you think these methods can factor into the students’ grade in the course.

Way one to measure student participation in an online class as mentioned on page 239 of The Power of eLearning would be:

  • You can grade students’ contributions to electronic discussions.
  • This method can factor into the students’ grade in the course because the teacher can have a rubric on what a typical response should have such as exceeding the requirement, some effort, or no effort at all.

Way two to measure student participation in an online class as mentioned on page 240 of The Power of eLearning would be:

  • You can reward students for accessing and using materials in the course site.
  • This method can factor into the students’ grade in the course because there are many ways you can track whether or not students have accessed the documents the teacher puts up.  But some students just open it and save it, the teacher must make sure that the material is being used in discussions, homework, blogs, tests, etc.

5. Define peer evaluation and describe its advantages and disadvantages.

An advantage for peer evaluation, as mentioned on page 241 of The Power of eLearning, is that peer evaluators often have more time than the teacher to give detailed feedback, especially if it is a large class.

Some disadvantages for peer evaluations can be that students may not be equipped to properly evaluate someone else’s work, especially if they are younger students.  Another disadvantage is that students may give bad evaluations to peers they do not like or give great evaluations to their friends when their friend has not really done great work to begin with.

6. Describe a possible group assignment for an online class and explain how to evaluate student performance in the group assignment.

A possible group assignment for an online class would be:
Photography class Group Project
• In your group you will create a collage of different photographs around your community.
• You must be present in at least one of the photos of each group member.
o Your group member may ask you to come for a special parade they are having and you may decide to go to that event or decide on another event.
o But you must come out in the photo with each of your group members.
• You will make a power point, video, etc. displaying your group collage and post it online for the rest of the class to see.
• You must also add audio to your presentation through video or recording under the power point.
o Since this is an online class, we must have some sort of contact with you other than just reading and viewing your results.
I am taking an art class and I just got my inspiration to create something to do with art. 

7. Create an online test.

Well I went to http://quizstar.4teachers.org/indexi.jsp created an online test but I could not figure out how to let everyone get access to take it. So I ended up posting the lovely quiz here.
Enjoy!

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8. Create a rubric or other grading aide for an online assignment.

The rubric that I created was for the online assignment that I made for question number 7, the Photography Class Group Project.

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2 thoughts on “Session 6 Tasks and Assignment

  1. Hi Amy, I love your idea for a group project! How fun…and different! 🙂 It would be pretty cool to send them on some kind of scavenger hunt where they have to take pictures of different items around your town and make them into a collage. I also like your online test. I had a similar problem in that I couldn’t figure out how to allow everyone in our class to take the quiz so I found a site that I could use. It wasn’t exactly how I would quiz my students…the timer was really fast but it worked for the assignment. 🙂

  2. Great job Amy
    I really like how you presented the table to help break down the assessment & evaluation component. I was a little confused as well. Thanks for going the extra mile.

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