OCT: Open Computer Testing What matters is no longer what one knows, but what one can do with what one knows and with information one can access, evaluate, and apply Scott Morris, Ph.D. & Jonathan MartinSt. Gregory College Preparatory School (AZ)
What do we want for our students? 21st c. skills and mindsets: Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Collaboration Authentic, real-world situated problem solving skills Lasting understanding of concepts Stronger Skills in Using tools they are already most familiar and comfortable with. Preparation for professional careers
From BBC News, about DenmarkAt five to nine, the room falls silent. One of the teachersstands in front of the class and explains the rules. Shetells the candidates they can use the internet to answerany of the four questions. They can access any site theylike, even Facebook, but they cannot message eachother or email anyone outside the classroom.Minister for education in Denmark, Bertel Haarder, says:“Our exams have to reflect daily life in the classroom anddaily life in the classroom has to reflect life insociety. The internet is indispensable, including in theexam situation. I’m sure that is would be a matter of veryfew years when most European countries will be on thesame line.”
History of the “Idea”1:1 laptop initiative“boring” chemistryIncreasingly powerful toolsImpressive resourcesStudent enthusiasm
AdvantagesLess memorizationTeaches organization/problemsolvingTeaches preparationEncourages collaborationReduces frustrationExpands palate of questions
The TakeawaysFor Schools, OCT provides a vehicle to prioritizeand drive instruction toward 21st century skills,applied thinking, and better preparation for futurecareers.For Teachers, OCT entails rethinking assessmentand designing “google-proof” questions whichdemand higher order thinking and informationliteracy and assess more lasting understanding.For Students, OCT when well designed isrigorous, and more authentic, more motivating,and requires greater information access, analysis,and application skills, better organization, andstronger real-world problemsolving skills.