Archive for the ‘assessment’ Category


Digital Video Assessment

November 7, 2009

Rob Whitehouse describes how he used video assessment to improve retention and achievement with his learners. He explores with other curriculum staff in the college their experiences of using video.


Case Study

November 5, 2009

I have been working on our MoLeNET case study which is on video assessment, got some wonderful quotes from learners and practitioners. Nearly done.


Acitvexpression for training and sharing ideas

June 26, 2009

At a management training session yesterday on sharing effective practice, one of our Advanced Practitioners used Activexpression to great effect for testing peoples’ knowledge of Picasso. Everytime they got a question right they could using paper and pens and a “head shape” create their own additions (eyes, ears, etc) picasso’esque head.

What was nice about the activity was that it wasn’t about using the mobile devices, the mobile devices weren’t the focus, they were just embedded into the activity.

Why was it been shown?

It was a session on sharing practice and resources. Well this was certainly a transferable activity, change the Picasso head into a model kit and see which group (or individual) can complete the model first. Use it with an engine and labels, see who can not only label their engine first, but also label it correctly. Use it with ingredients for correct answers and then see who can create the most innovative recipe from their collection of stuff.

Another thing that the Activexpression allows is to record the answers, so that you can if required check who answered what correctly and provide effective support.


College Development Day

April 3, 2009

Today was College Development Day and I ran three sessions, one on Web 2.0, one on m-Assessment and one on Podcasting.

During the podcasting session I talked about Qik.

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All three sessions went well with very positive feedback from the participants.

The m-Assessment session went well, it was an introductory one hour session getting academic practitioners to consider how they could use mobile devices and technologies to improve their assessment in both the classroom and the workplace.

The Web 2.0 session looked in the main at Flickr, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube as well as Slideshare. We even sent a picture to Twitpic as a demo.

The afternoon session on Podcasting went very well, I used the slides from a presentation I have given before. The staff then using a range of equipment started creating recordings which could be used as podcasts.

Overall a productive day for me. The sessions on Activexpression run by a colleague went very well too.


Mobile Assessment

February 22, 2009

So how do you assess your learners? It’s a key question really. One that we don’t always answer.

All too often we fall back on traditional methods as it makes life easier for us as practitioners. You know, write an essay, complete an assignment, give a presentation,etc…

Of course this means when it comes to using mobile devices for assessment, you have a quandary over how to use them to assess learners. Despite improvements in text input, generally most learners will prefer not to enter large amounts of text into a mobile device.

I have talked on my e-Learning Stuff blog before about text entry on mobile devices and how they are not ideal.

Back then I wrote:

Overall entering text on any mobile device is fraught with difficulty and complexity and the more you use a device the more familar you get with it, the easier it gets and quicker you become.

However if you are using mobile devices with a group who only use the device rarely, then you should consider alternatives to text entry directly onto the mobile device otherwise you may find that your learners start to hate the device rather than use the device for learning.

Use the device where it has strengths such as audio and video, and use other tools such as pen and paper or a computer with a full size keyboard when you want the learner to create a lot of text.

This means that learning scenarios need to be designed to avoid excessive text entry onto a mobile device, and often that means that traditional learning scenarios will not translate easily and simply to a PSP for example.

Think about replacing text entry with an audio or a video recording – the UX1XN and Q1 Ultra both have cameras and microphones which can be used for that, you can also get a camera and microphone for the PSP as well.

It is not essential or necessary for the learner to complete a learning scenario solely on a mobile device, let them use other tools to complete the learning activity, the mobile device should be just the one component that helps build the activity.

When it comes to designing assessment models using mobile devices, the same advice applies. Think about how learners will need to be assessed. If it is multiple choice, or single word answers, than the mobile device alone should be sufficient. If it is short answer, essay or similar then text entry on a mobile device is probably not only not the best option it is probably not an option at all.

As I said before, think about replacing text entry with an audio or a video recordings, these can be done much more easily on a mobile device or a cameraphone.


Ease of use for Activexpression

February 2, 2009

On Thursday last week I sat in on a one-to-one training session on the Activexpression software and was pleased (and impressed) on how simple the software is to use.

As a result I am expecting a high take-up of these mobile devices across the college in making assessment engaging and relevant to our learners.


Talking about Activexpression

January 26, 2009

Quite a few staff are now using the Activexpression units (we purchased a fair few before Christmas with the rest of them coming in January).

This is a quote from a member of staff who used them for the first time with a group who were learing about assessment.

We had THE most fantastic time!!!!!!!!!!!!!  A few techno phobes but generally a hoot with loads of chatter and discussion – and actually seeing the point of teaching assessment through an assessment!

She will certainly be using them again.