The key to rigorous online assessments

The Christensen Institute

Although online-learning software can be a powerful enabler of personalized learning, many educators struggle with what they see as learning software’s limited ability to provide rigorous assessment and feedback. I spoke recently with the principal of a charter middle school that is using blended learning and alternative staffing to try to develop a breakthrough personalized learning model. Recognizing the cost of human-graded assessment.

Online assessment: the student voice

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Jason Roswell on unsplash Online learning is becoming increasingly popular and widespread, and is now reaching into compulsory education. Teachers in schools are considering the extent to which common pedagogical methods can be adapted into online environments, or whether they need to be completely revised and reconceptualised. It is often characterised as 'testing' to provide a grade, but this would be a restricted view of assessment.

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How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want

Edsurge

all students—not just digital natives—expect learning resources to be rich with animation or digital learning objects that make learning more realistic and relevant. Real world problems are exciting to solve but devilishly hard to assess, especially when there are many students involved. EdSurge: Why is it increasingly important to offer students the opportunity to learn online? Using Digital Tools to Make Learning Fun , by Mark Schneider.

How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts

eSchool News

In Arkansas, as in most states, student interest in online learning is skyrocketing. While most students still take at least some of their courses in a face-to-face setting, the need to scale online learning opportunities for thousands of students has required new infrastructure, new curriculum, and, of course, new teachers. When you talk about online and blended learning, they don’t have the background for that.

7 Things to Consider As We Return to Learn This Fall

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we prepare to learn this fall, we need to consider some teaching best practices. When we offer current and impactful learning to teachers, our students, families, and communities’ benefit.

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course.

Blended learning can enable teachers to focus on cognitive skills

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can be a powerful tool; not only for helping teachers meet students’ individual learning needs but also helping them foster stronger relationships with students. In this post, I share excerpts from a recent interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher who teaches AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma, a high school that is part of the Summit Public Schools charter network in the San Francisco Bay Area.

?Online Courses Shouldn’t Use Remote Proctoring Tools. Here’s Why.

Edsurge

Thoughts about online proctoring have been taking up more of my time and energy than I’d like to admit. Rather than spending most of my time time helping people become better online teachers, I have been figuring out how to meet two competing objectives: increase online course offerings and avoid adopting an online proctoring system. The goal of increasing online and blended course offerings is closely aligned to campus goals of improving student success.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.” Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. The] literature [on online education] was preoccupied with what I call ‘roaming autodidacts’. Online Grade Portals.