domingo, 10 de enero de 2010
viernes, 8 de enero de 2010
In teaching there are two terms that often lead to confusion these are Assessmnet and Evaluation.
Prof. Evelyn Izquierdo( Escuela de Educacion/ UCV ) offers two definitions:
Assessment- requires the gathering of evidence of student performance over a peripod of time to measure learning and understanding. Evidence of learning could take the form of dialogue, journals, written work, portfolios, tests, along with many other learning tasks.
Evaluation -on the other hand, occurs when a mark is assigned after the completion of a task, test, quiz, lesson or learning activity. A mark on a spelling test will determine if a child can spell the given words and it would be seen as an evaluation.
E-Assessmnet can be defined as the use of information technology for any assessmnet related activity. This definition embraces a wide range of student activity ranging from the use of a word processor to an on screen testing. Due to its obvious similarity to E-learning, the term E-Assessment is ecoming widely used as a generic term to describe the use of computers within the assessment process. Specific types of E- Assessment include Computarized Adaptive Testing and Cmputerized Classification Testing.
E-Assessmnet can be used to assess cognitive and practical abiliites. Cognitive abiliites are assessed uding E-testing software; and practicla abliites are assessed using E.portfolios or simulaton hardware.
Assessment as well as evaluation can be complex and subjective at times. An authentic assessment tool of great use is a R ubric. It is used for assessing criteria for formative types of assesssment. A Rubric is like a template where assessment criteria can be clearly established and quite easy to follow.
In her article ¨Understanding Rubrics ¨Professor Heidi Goddrich Andrade says that Rubrics is a scoring tool that lists criteria for a piece of work or it lists ¨what really counts ¨for example in writing it is purpose, organization, details, voice and mechanics.
Whan used as assessment tool , Rubrics help teachers clearly communicate epectations for students work or projects. They can also support student learning.Rubrics can help students know exactly what they did wrong and how they can do it better next time, not just just that the performed task was¨¨bad¨. Rubrics can be used as authentic performance E- based assessment.
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jueves, 7 de enero de 2010
Etienne Wenger´s Webseminar on Communiites of Practice was in my opinion one of the most complete of AVEALMEC´s live forums. Although a new topic for me, it is not a recent concept.
A community is by definition a group of people with common interets living in a particular area. So then what exactly is a Community of Practice? (COP). Is a COP a group of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn and how to do it better as they interact regularly. So any group of passionate people who get together often are a COP, right? wrong !!
According to Professor Wenger who has written extensively on the subject, for a community to be a COP it must have three characterisitics.
The first one is Domain, which is an identity defined by a shared domain of interest. Membership implies a commitment to the domain and a shared competence that distinguishes members from other people.
The second one is The Community, that is members engage in joint activities and discussions, helps each other and share information. members must learn and interact together, otherwise it is not a COP.
The third characteristic is the practice, defined as people who share a repertoire of resources, experiences, stories, tools and ways of addressing recurring problem; in other words a shared practice. it is the combination of these three elements that constitutes a COP.
In education COP´s help to focus knowledge challenges. The first applications of COP´s have been in teacher training where the concept has been used with success. It has also been used for example, for providing adminitrators with access to colleagues thus providing and helping foster peer to peer professional development activites. COP´s are fine exaples of social learning and learning partenerships. COP´s can make a difference when having to face recurrent problems and how to solve them. In the area of education and of language learning.
COP´s can provide trachers with not only the value of information, and shared experience which is a quite valuable resource, but an added value: to estimulate teachers into working together and to make a commitment to continue growing in their chosen field and fields of interest and passion - teaching
lunes, 4 de enero de 2010
A VLE should make it possible for a course designer to present to students, through a single, consistent, and intuitive interface, all the components required for a course of education or training. Although logically it is not a requirement, in practice VLEs always make extensive use of computers and the Internet.
VLE´s are not restricted to distance education as they can also enrich classroom education. A VLE is a social space, educational interactions occur in the environment. Students are the actors as they construct virtual space. Most virtual environments overlap with physical environments. Some learning environments for learning are: Moodle, Second Life, WIZIQ.
For example the Modular Object oriented Dynamic Learning Environment also known as MOODLE is a software package for producing Internet-based courses and web sites. It is a global development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education, it allows teachers to apply programes that can allow among other things, to be able to show things to students, the practice and grading of assignments and the creation of course design.
My personal experience centers around WIZIQ the technical platform that allows the setting up of a virtual classroom anywhere and it allows itself perfectly for distance learning. What is really important is that it is relatively easy to use, all you need is to open an account with them to participate and you become part of this huge learning network whereby classes can have chats, video and presentations in real time or if you miss class by any chace, then you can listen to post class recordings.
The world will never be the same again !
"Learning is breaking out of the narrow boxes that it was trapped in during the 20th century; teachers' professionalism, reflection and ingenuity are leading learning to places that genuinely excite this new generation of connected young school students - and their teachers too. VLEs are helping to make sure that their learning is not confined to a particular building, or restricted to any single location or moment." Professor Stephen Heppell, Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning Foundation (YHGfL) in Britain.