Jisc e assess-mar_12


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This session will focus on two projects at UCS around exploring how the mobility of the student and/or the member of staff can enhance various parts of the e-assessment process. The two projects will look at how e-assessment is being made more efficient and enhanced through an appropriate use of technology.

The first involves implementing a location aware e-assessment engine (objective testing) based around the use of QR Codes to enable students to submit their answers. The system includes instant formative feedback loops and stores the results for developing learning activities.

The second example is based on current pilot study into staff using iPads to enhance the formative feedback process. This uses the iAnnotate and ShowMe applications to enable staff through removing barriers to annotate student work, and provide more effective and efficient individual and generic feedback.
Presentation by Andy Ramsden

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Jisc e assess-mar_12

  1. 1. Enhancing the e-assessment process in a mobile world: Developments at UCS JISC RSC Eastern, e-assessment Showcase 30th March, 2012 Andy Ramsden a.ramsden@ucs.ac.ukhttp://a.ucs.ac.uk/elevate elevate@ucs.ac.uk Twitter: ucselevate
  2. 2. What you will hopefully get Awareness of some small scalepilot studies at UCS  what we are doing  what we have learnt  where we are going next Opportunity to try
  3. 3. Context of use @ UCS Existing students Existing students Current technologies New technologies • An iPad in the hands of a lecturerNew students New studentsCurrent technologies New technologies • QR Code Quiz for Field based study Gartner: Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle
  4. 4. Location aware learning activity: Focus on enhancing Feedback
  5. 5. Why?A low threshold application is ateaching/learning application ofinformation technology that is reliable,accessible, easy to learn, non-intimidating and inexpensive.They have observable positiveconsequences and contributes toimportant long term changes inteaching and/or learning” SteveGilbert, http://www.tltgroup.ors.html[accessed: 31/10/11]Location aware learning at a low cost…
  6. 6. Learning Design Sequence: What they do Create questions and youtube feedback Support support in groups on the technology Group activityGenerate in costal area In the fieldPDF posters Put up posters around the coastal study area Group results uploaded to server Question & Answers in Field study Results In the study centre from server centre
  7. 7. What do we all get?
  8. 8. Where next with QR Code Formative Quiz (next 3 months)Software• Integrate with UCS ShortURL & QR Code Generator• SourceForge and share for feedbackFuture pilots• Recruit more pilot groups
  9. 9. An iPad in the hands of a lecturer: Focus on enhancing Feedback
  10. 10. Why? Orthodox Model Media Tablet Model http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2010/03/ipad_sofa_gadget.htmlhttp://www.ictcool.com/category/pgce-week-02/ High barriers to entry Low barriers to entry “marking any more than a handful of papers at a PC gets pretty uncomfortable pretty quickly whereas the tablet is much easier to use” – Lecturer, UCS (March, 2012)
  11. 11. E-feedback: Generic: ShowMeScenario: mark a largenumber of scripts, andyou wish to feedback toall students somegeneric issuesRearranging a 3 variable equation – the triangle rule :http://www.showme.com/sh/?h=87XHDbE - Gavin Devereux (Schoolof Science Technology & Health)
  12. 12. The workflow: who does what (ShowMe)?
  13. 13. E-feedback: Individual: iAnnotate Scenario: making individual e-feedback more effective, and opening up the opportunities of individual audio & visual feedbackMandy Gault (School of Science Technology & Health)
  14. 14. The workflow: who does what (iAnnotate)?
  15. 15. Staff FeedbackWhat do we need to do to improve the process?- A clear process circulated and communicated to all involved (seems to be some ambiguity)- A simple way to prevent documents changing (e.g. figures disappearing) when opened in iAnnotate- Ability to install Dropbox on my computer (probably one for IT...)- Ensuring that the student numbers are visible on file names (e.g. at the start) would be helpful for both the lecturers and me- Ability to batch upload annotated scripts and marks- Difficult to use your finger as a penDo you think it is worth exploring this approach further?- I think it seems to be the way forward for online assessment and the online feedback- Definitely worth exploring, I think the tablets have a lot of potential once we get used to integrating them within themarking and feedback process.- Much easier to use than the alternative on-line marking system, as too many clicks to actually get to the document via theWolsey gradebook link. In addition, you can annotate the script with iannotate, and cannot do this on the PC laptop. It wouldbe worth exploring further, but the process need to be much quicker to actually be as good as paper marking.
  16. 16. Student FeedbackTo what extent would you agree with the following statement – the ability to receive myfeedback as an annotated PDF via my Wolsey (LearnUCS) course is absolutely brilliantStrongly agree - 0Agree – 2Neutral – 5Disagree – 4Strongly Disagree - 0 Good concept of utilising online resources to provide feedback, however, the feedback is very hard to read due to the writing on the PDF looking like it had been written in microsoft paint Good to get feedback online instead of paper format, but sometimes confusing what parts of my work the speech bubbles where pointing too. Confusing whether it was crosses or ticks through my work Take time to check which points relate to the feedback at the bottom of the screen. Would be easier to hover over the point and look at the feedback on he same page
  17. 17. Where next with media tablets (next 3 months)Hardware• Explore iPad3• Stylus technologySoftware• Explore software apps which will make cut & paste from commentbanks• Staff advice around accurate annotations / writing• Installation and management processes of key software at UCSProcess• Feed into a recommendations to UCS Exec & LTAG around e-submission and e-feedback policy at UCS
  18. 18. Thanks & Questions Andy Ramsden a.ramsden@ucs.ac.ukhttp://a.ucs.ac.uk/elevate elevate@ucs.ac.uk Twitter: ucselevate