ERIC Number: ED498576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
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Assessing Online Learning
Comeaux, Patricia, Ed.
Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
Students in traditional as well as online classrooms need more than grades from their instructors--they also need meaningful feedback to help bridge their academic knowledge and skills with their daily lives. With the increasing number of online learning classrooms, the question of how to consistently assess online learning has become increasingly pressing. However, providing such feedback through distance education presents complex challenges that instructors must understand in order to successfully teach and dialog with their students. This book focuses on assessment as an integral part of learning. Building upon the paradigms and constructivist learning model established in "Communication and Collaboration in the Online Classroom: Examples and Applications" (2002), this collection offers an assortment of tools and strategies for evaluating learning and instructional design in online classrooms. Both conceptual and practical, this book addresses the salient issues of assessment and offers a variety of assessment tools and strategies for online classrooms and programs, such as self-assessment tools for students to evaluate their progress toward their final products, instruments in which teams can evaluate their progress and contributions, and specific tools and strategies for assessing students' critical thinking and writing skills in electronic discussion boards and in similar reflective writing environments. Written for faculty, administrators, scholars, and researchers in higher education, this book will be a valuable resource to anyone with a particular interest in the topic of assessment and online learning. Following a Foreword, Preface and Introduction: Assessment and Learning (Patricia Comeaux), the book contains ten chapters: (1) Assessment Is on the Line in Community Colleges (Margot Perez-Greene); (2) Designing and Managing Student Assessment in an Online Learning Environment (Mahnaz Moallem); (3) Team Assessment Guidelines: A Case Study of Collaborative Learning in Design (Karen Belfer and Ron Wakkary); (4) Online Collaborative Assessment: Unpacking Process and Product (Bruce Burnett and Alan Roberts); (5) Using Virtual Learning Modules to Enhance and Assess Students' Critical Thinking and Writing Skills (David Hofmeister and Matt Thomas); (6) Developing and Implementing a Model for Assessing Collaborative E-Learning Processes and Products (Marianna Sigala); (7) Enriching Online Assessment Using Interactive Digital Video (Tony Hall, Conor Molan, Liam Bannon, and Eamonn Murphy); (8) Assessment Practices in an Online Lecture-Based Course and a Seminar-Based Course: Notable Differences (Ele McKenna-Byington); (9) Online Teaching and Learning: Assessing Academic Library Skills (Marina Orsini-Jones); and (10) Computer-Mediated Communication as an Instructional Learning Tool: A Course Evaluation (Bolanle A. Olaniran). A bibliography and an index are included.
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Writing Skills, Learning Modules, Course Evaluation, Library Skills, Instructional Design, Feedback (Response), Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Distance Education, Constructivism (Learning), Online Courses, Virtual Classrooms, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Thinking Skills, Computer Mediated Communication, Community Colleges, Teamwork, Guidelines, Case Studies, Lecture Method
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