ERIC Number: ED404358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
On-line Multimedia Assessment of Curricula: Experiences with the Multimedia Forum Kiosk.
Hsi, Sherry; Hoadley, Christopher M.
The Multimedia Forum Kiosk (MFK) is an on-line discussion tool that has been tested as a new technique for assessing curricular reform. MFK collects discussion comments entered into the computer by students and instructors. This paper explores experiences with the MFK as a technique for on-line assessment using multimedia. The context of the assessment is an eight-university coalition of engineering schools called Synthesis, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. In this study, the MFK assessment approach was used to document community-wide reactions to aspects of curricular innovation, to foster discussion about new pedagogical practices, and to sample student skills and attitudes that could be demonstrated in an engineering discussion. The MFK allows discussion in an opinion area allowing for one statement of opinion and a discussion area that allows for exchanges of comments. Face icons of all the participants in the discussion made their identities salient and gave discussions a more personal tone. In this context, the MFK was very fruitful in examining curricular reform, a situation in which goals were vague and not based on declarative knowledge. By involving the instructors in conversations with their students, the MFK facilitated the evaluation of curriculum impact. Capturing discussions is a viable way to examine processes and attitudes and a new tool for open-ended assessment. (Contains 1 table, 1 graph, and 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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