Wikis and Blogs in Education Mhairi McAlpine and Linn van der Zanden Scottish Qualifications Authority Assessment SIG, Cam...
PBNC in Health and Safety <ul><li>Assessed by  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>project plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...
Collaboration and Groupwork <ul><li>Generally seen as educationally desirable </li></ul><ul><li>Working with others a reco...
Problems with collaborative groupwork <ul><li>Difficulty tying individual contributions to a coherent whole </li></ul><ul>...
Solution? <ul><li>Provide wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Groupwork can be assessed online using the history to see what contri...
How can a wiki improve groupwork assessment? <ul><li>all contributors work on the same  article  page </li></ul><ul><li>th...
Blogs and Reflective learning <ul><li>When used for educational purposes, this can provide a history of learning, allowing...
Context <ul><li>2 Scottish colleges piloting with 50 candidates this academic year </li></ul><ul><li>Interim software solu...
Example blog contributions so far.. <ul><li>“ Hi looking over college stuff at the minute, starting to type up the plan an...
Example of student and tutor dialogue
Example wiki project…
Next steps . . . <ul><li>Central Marking in June </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of pilot </li></ul><ul><li>08/09: Scale up p...
Questions welcome…..
 
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Presentation by Linn van der Zanden @ joint Assessment/EC SIG meeting 19.2.08

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  • Assessment Sig Wikis And Blogs In Education Lvdz

    1. 2. Wikis and Blogs in Education Mhairi McAlpine and Linn van der Zanden Scottish Qualifications Authority Assessment SIG, Cambridge
    2. 3. PBNC in Health and Safety <ul><li>Assessed by </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>project plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>group project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>evaluation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult for candidates to achieve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult for tutors to record </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult for markers to assess. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 4. Collaboration and Groupwork <ul><li>Generally seen as educationally desirable </li></ul><ul><li>Working with others a recognised core skill </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork demanded by industry </li></ul><ul><li>Common in primary, but less common in secondary and FE </li></ul>
    4. 5. Problems with collaborative groupwork <ul><li>Difficulty tying individual contributions to a coherent whole </li></ul><ul><li>Risk that a sub-group might take over </li></ul><ul><li>Members may “freeload” </li></ul><ul><li>Internal conflict over contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty of authentication </li></ul>
    5. 6. Solution? <ul><li>Provide wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Groupwork can be assessed online using the history to see what contributions have been made </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitates reflective learning and evaluation on ongoing basis and allows tutor to monitor progress </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project plan can be submitted online through e-assessment </li></ul>
    6. 7. How can a wiki improve groupwork assessment? <ul><li>all contributors work on the same article page </li></ul><ul><li>there is an explicit space for dissent to be recorded and acknowledged on the discussion page. </li></ul><ul><li>mark allocation can take into account freeloading as the history page records individual contributions </li></ul><ul><li>conflict can be dealt with and depersonalised using an evidence based approach </li></ul><ul><li>authentication is strengthened through </li></ul><ul><li>the login requirement. </li></ul>
    7. 8. Blogs and Reflective learning <ul><li>When used for educational purposes, this can provide a history of learning, allowing the learner to return to their earlier opinions or areas of misunderstanding and identify how they are developing </li></ul><ul><li>Tutor can identify areas where students are struggling and it also allows the teacher access to an ongoing narrative charting their progress </li></ul>
    8. 9. Context <ul><li>2 Scottish colleges piloting with 50 candidates this academic year </li></ul><ul><li>Interim software solution: Mediawiki and Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>(some course structure and group access issues so exploring Moodle as single sign-on solution) </li></ul><ul><li>Live Demo </li></ul>
    9. 10. Example blog contributions so far.. <ul><li>“ Hi looking over college stuff at the minute, starting to type up the plan and I was thinking have we all to do a plan or is it just one person from each group??” </li></ul><ul><li>-> allows tutor to identify where student is struggling </li></ul><ul><li>“ This afternoon I wrote my plan up and found it went well.  I hope the others found it well also and at least that is the first hurdle out of the way. talk to you all soon.” </li></ul><ul><li>-> allows student to refer back for the evaluation and allows tutor to monitor progress. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hi Dawson, could you put where you got the information from on the wiki for the 2 questions you have done, me and Joey have already done this” </li></ul><ul><li>-> allows group to agree on who is doing what and allows tutor to see if all members are contributing </li></ul><ul><li>“ My group is copying well,  we have all added a bit in the wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>We all have to sit down and see who has added </li></ul><ul><li>what and discuss what should be on </li></ul><ul><li>the discussion page” </li></ul>
    10. 11. Example of student and tutor dialogue
    11. 12. Example wiki project…
    12. 13. Next steps . . . <ul><li>Central Marking in June </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of pilot </li></ul><ul><li>08/09: Scale up pilot to more centres – same course </li></ul><ul><li>09/10: implement new solution (Moodle) and scale up pilot to more subject areas </li></ul>
    13. 14. Questions welcome…..
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