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Assessment Toolbox was put together as a group project for a class called "Assessing for Performance in the Online Learning Environment" at Gateway Technical College of Wisconsin. August 9, 2009

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Assessment Toolbox

  1. 1. Assessment Toolbox<br />Assessing for Performance in the Online Learning Environment<br />
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  10. 10. Assessment Toolbox<br />Google sites<br />wiki<br />Google sites<br />edublogs<br />wufoo<br />wiki<br />edublogs<br />wufoo<br />
  11. 11. Assessment Toolbox<br />Google Sites<br />
  12. 12. Assessment Toolbox<br />Introduction<br />Google Sites is an online application that makes creating a team web site as easy as editing a document.<br />Benefits<br />With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text and easily share it for viewing or editing with a group. Also, it is free!!<br />Challenges<br />Although the Google Sites claims to be very easy to create, you do need some computer literacy above and beyond an average person as well as other technical skills for items such as videos. <br />Google Sites<br />
  13. 13. Assessment Toolbox<br />Applications<br />You can customize your site&apos;s interface to resemble your group or project&apos;s look and feel. There are a variety of page types including webpage, announcements, and file cabinet. It is a place to centralize shared information such as video, spreadsheets, and presentations into any page, and upload file attachments. One can set manage permissions settings to keep your site as private or widely editable and viewable as you&apos;d like. <br />Google Sites<br />
  14. 14. Assessment Toolbox<br />Learning Outcome Example<br />Take a case study to be done in a group setting. Each member of the group is assigned a portion. The site could be kept private at this time. As each member researches, gathers data, interviews, etc they can upload their findings to the Google site. Once all the members have uploaded their findings the group can corroborate and organize all the contributions into a functional and usable report. At the time all the members agree to the final product, the Google Site can be made available to others to view and give feedback. <br />Google Sites<br />
  15. 15. Assessment Toolbox<br />Associate Learning Activity and Learning Outcome <br />Google Sites<br />
  16. 16. Assessment Toolbox<br />Summary<br />Google Sites is a convenient and flexible tool for group collaborations. All members have access to upload, delete, update, or change the information, graphics, etc without having time constraints or having to meet in person to collaborate.<br />Website: <br />http://www.google.com/sites<br />Toolbox Contributor<br />Christine Campbell<br />Google Sites<br />
  17. 17. Assessment Toolbox<br />wiki<br />
  18. 18. Assessment Toolbox<br />Introduction<br />A wiki is a tool that allows one person or a group of people the ability to create and edit interlinked web content. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and for note taking. Wikis support hyperlinks which allow web pages to be linked from a central location. It encourages the addition of content by any user and the open and independent use of the web.<br />wiki<br />
  19. 19. Assessment Toolbox<br />Benefits<br />Wikis make it easy to add and edit material to a document or webpage. They are fairly simple to access and use and all information is stored in one easily accessible location. Wikis allow for quick topic associations between different web pages. They allow multiple users a simple way to collaborate on a topic/subject of interest. Each contributor can share information on the wiki for all members to see. A user can easily track changes that have been made to the site by viewing the history of changes/edits that have been made by users. <br />wiki<br />
  20. 20. Assessment Toolbox<br />Examples of learning activities that may be created include:<br /> Team/Group Projects <br /> Peer Reviews<br />Challenges<br />A main challenge of a wiki is trustworthiness. Wikis can be easily changed which can promote inaccuracies or the sharing of incorrect information. In a classroom setting, edit history and changes to content can be tracked by user which could serve to minimize this problem.<br />wiki<br />
  21. 21. Assessment Toolbox<br />Application<br />A wiki allows one person or a group of people the ability to create and edit web content. Wikis can be used to create a collaborative website. They encourage the addition of content by any user.<br />Consider this learning objective: Design Services to specifically satisfy the unmet needs of diverse populations <br />Dividing the class into groups of 4-5 a wiki could be set up in which each group member could provide feedback and information on populations currently underserved in the community and the types of services that could be designed to meet their unique needs. They could then collaborate and submit a group project in which they design their own agency providing decided upon services to their chosen population.<br />wiki<br />
  22. 22. Assessment Toolbox<br />Associate Learning Activity and Learning Outcome <br />wiki<br />
  23. 23. Assessment Toolbox<br />Summary<br />Using wikis allows group members to easily add and edit web content. They can be used for a variety of activities and are a great tool for collaborative group learning as it allows the learner to work collectively with other users and share information in a simple manner.<br />Website: <br />http://www.wiki.com<br />Toolbox Contributor<br />Gina Stoebe<br />wiki<br />
  24. 24. Assessment Toolbox<br />edublogs<br />
  25. 25. Assessment Toolbox<br />INTRODUCTION<br />According to the edublogs website: “Edublogs hosts hundreds of thousands of blogs for teachers, students, researchers, professors, librarians, administrators and anyone and everyone else involved in education. Edublogs are completely free, and come with 20MB of free upload space... and a heap of great features....” (http://edublogs.org/about/) <br /> <br />These great features allow “[b]logging for teachers and students, made easy: 1) Effortlessly create and manage students blogs; 2) Packed with useful features and customizable themes; 3) Ready made for podcasting, videos, photos and more; 4) Step by step support with our helpful video tutorials.” (http://edublogs.org/) <br /> <br />Having spent some time reviewing the site, I find these claims are not only valid, but quite understated. Edublogs has features that allow it to function pretty much as a full service educational web source.<br />edublogs<br />
  26. 26. Assessment Toolbox<br />BENEFITS<br /> Edublogs is a free online application, so there is no software to purchase or download. That also makes if accessible from any computer. Furthermore, it provides excellent tutorials, much like the ones set up for Bb at GTC, together with a set of support fora. Once signed up, users — teachers or students — can immediately get to work developing their blog-based project.<br />  <br />edublogs<br />
  27. 27. Assessment Toolbox<br /> <br />CHALLENGES<br />The free version of Edublogs includes occasional side-bar ads, which I do not consider a major problem because 1) they don’t appear that often; and 2) most web savvy students will be used to such things and barely notice them. Of greater concern is that the free version limits what control the teacher has over student blogs. This raises some security and safety concerns. These can be dealt with by either limiting all activity to the teacher’s own blog. If that is not desirable, then clear and enforced rules and use limitations should suffice to address such problems.<br />edublogs<br />
  28. 28. Assessment Toolbox<br /> <br />APPLICATION<br />The Edublogs format, because of its increased flexibility, seems better suited for active and reflective class interaction than simple discussion fora. Many other Web2.0 tools can be imbedded in the blog posts and responses, allowing the entire class the sort of almost limitless creativity that calls forth extra effort. It would provide an excellent venue for discussion and debate based on primary sources, most of which can now be accessed on the Web, and thereby incorporated directly into an edublogs discussion.<br />edublogs<br />
  29. 29. Assessment Toolbox<br />Associate Learning Activity and Learning Outcome <br />edublogs<br />
  30. 30. Assessment Toolbox<br />SUMMARY<br /> Using edublogs’ versatile resources, students will have the opportunity to access, display, and reflect and comment upon primary sources relating to a number of class topics, thereby developing Web2.0 knowledge and skills while gaining a deeper and lasting understanding of class materials.<br />Website: <br />http://www.edublog.org<br />Toolbox Contributor<br />Chris Halverson<br />edublogs<br />
  31. 31. Assessment Toolbox<br />wufoo<br />
  32. 32. Assessment Toolbox<br />Introduction<br />According to their website, “Wufoo strives to be the easiest way to collect information over the Internet.” Wufoo allows the novice Internet user to create HTML forms for the purpose of gathering data. This tool also provides online data storage for what is collected through your Wufoo form. A variety of reports can be run to analyze the data both statistically and graphically.<br />wufoo<br />
  33. 33. Assessment Toolbox<br />Benefits<br />Wufoo is an online application, so there is no software to download. They guarantee the security of the data retrieved, and have made recent updates to assure data integrity as well. This tool makes it easy to get started, because there is no fee to sign-up and no contracts to sign. Once signed up, you can quickly get started by using one of the pre-built templates, or you can follow Wufoo’s simple ‘builder’ to create your own customized collection form. You do not need to know how to do any web programming, but you can download the HTML code you create on Wufoo if you desire.<br />  <br />wufoo<br />
  34. 34. Assessment Toolbox<br /> <br />Examples of learning activities that may be created include:<br /> Peer Reviews/Evaluations<br /> Surveys<br /> Gathering customer requirements <br /> <br />Challenges<br />The free version of Wufoo membership has some restrictions. It provides one user with three forms, three reports, ten fields in the forms, and 100 entries per month. An Internet connection is required to work on your Wufoo form. So, it is best to have your form/survey fully thought through before you start it online, as you cannot compose offline. <br />wufoo<br />
  35. 35. Assessment Toolbox<br /> <br />Application<br />A web form created on Wufoo would allow an instructor to collect peer reviews of Web site projects created by the students. The form can be setup to tabulate the evaluations. It also provides an opportunity for the students to experience a new technology they might not otherwise have a chance to use. <br /> Consider the following learning objectives: <br /> Create a multimedia enhanced web page<br /> Explore new technologies<br />wufoo<br />
  36. 36. Assessment Toolbox<br />Learning Activity and Learning Outcome <br />wufoo<br />
  37. 37. Assessment Toolbox<br />Summary<br />Wufoo allows instructors and/or students to easily create learning activities that tie directly to learning outcomes. With Wufoo, the learning activity created can also be the assessment tool, as it can tabulate the collected data and present the results graphically or in a report.<br />Website: <br />http://www.wufoo.com<br />Toolbox Contributor<br />Mary Baldwin-Grimes<br />wufoo<br />
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