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What is authentic assessment?

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Assessment. It's important because it shows that assessment drives they way we teach. Cathy proposes a causal link between the way we conduct assessment in formalised education and the deficit we see today in the workplace. Do you have good examples of authentic assessment?

How to Create Effective Test Questions


If every student answers a question correctly, does that mean your question is too easy, or is it a perfect example of an effective test question? How to Create Effective Tests and Quizzes. Image: “ Quiz ” by Animated Heaven, via Flickr Creative Commons License.

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How to Measure Online Course Effectiveness


Instructional designers aim to provide the necessary content to accomplish these goals, but sometimes the delivery of a course or training isn’t very effective. Kirkpatrick’s Four-Level Approach to Assessing Training Outcomes.

Video for assessment

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I have always believed that assessment should be primarily for the benefit of the student, not the teacher. I concede that teachers need to know how their students are progressing, and this is very much a part of the assessment process. I don''t like end of module assessments much.

What students need

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Arguably one of children's most important needs is to know how well they are doing (Gardner, 2012) and this is where assessment for learning can play a key role. Ed: 2012) Assessment and Learning (2nd Edition) , London: Sage.

How to Make Sure Your Course Meets Its Learning Objectives


Scientists, economists, accountants, and mathematicians all have one thing in common: they all deal in “absolutes.” Image: “ Bullseye ” by Emilio Kuffer, via Flickr Creative Commons License.

Self fulfilling prophecies

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My most recent post featured locus of control theory, and today's post is about the Pygmalion Effect in education. This effect is commonly known in education as the ' Pygmalion effect ' but is more accurately referred to as the 'observer-expectancy effect'.

Fair measures

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Last week I wrote about the issues and challenges of assessment. Yesterday at the London Grid for learning Conference I asked my audience of over 400 teachers if they knew what ipsative assessment was. Ipsative assessment can be used for objective measures (e.g.

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Tested to distraction

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The side effects of over-testing are that children become victims of the scramble to be best in the league tables. Everyone is forced to perform at a level that aligns to what those in power expect. Everyone is distracted from the business of learning by the need to 'perform'.

Passion for education

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We all need inspiration, and many would argue that we perform better as educators when we have passion. Effective pedagogy not only has impact, it's contagious. assessment education inspiration learning passion pedagogy schools teaching

Everyone's a critic

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I recently blogged about the hidden audience effect , and cited Westfields Junior School's S'cool Internet Radio and David Mitchell's Quadblogging projects as examples of how students can become better engaged with learning when they perform their work for an audience. Before social media, the school play or the end of term concert was a good way to allow children to perform to an audience, as was the art display and the school sports day.

How to Measure the Impact of Training on Your Bottom Line


In conversation, we use terms like “great”, “exceptional,” or “very useful” to express opinions, such as what we think of a Christmas or gift or the performance of our favorite team. Money image courtesy of a Creative Commons license by

Our digital future 11: AI enhanced course design

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However, replacing some aspects of what teachers do is both effective and inevitable. "AI Where it is implemented, AI will rapidly transform the design of courses, providing educators with vast amounts of new insight into what students do, how they study and what is most effective.

Imagined futures 5: Robot teachers

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Good, effective teachers are intuitive, empathetic and responsive to the needs of their students. They get to know their charges well, finding creative ways to help them to learn optimally, engaging them with methods and activities designed to draw out the best performances.

How Well Does Your Company Know its World?


What is popular, effective, and attention-getting? Are performance expectations established and managed? They ask, observe, and assess. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user RambergMediaImages.

Dust-up at Training Zone

Jay Cross

Not through the kind of elearning of the 1990s but via the explosion of online communities which effectively democratise the way we learn. People will still meet formally or informally and learn from each other and I think harnessing that process has just as much relevance as what Jay Cross describes, which is effectively informal ‘web-based learning’ – so a subset of all learning.

Three Questions Every Workplace Trainer Should Ask


In it, we’ll be reviewing what makes a great question, how to ask one, and how to listen for and assess information based on the answers — and all of it is tailored to our organization’s sales process. How does it help you become more effective in your work?


The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor

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Effective Metrics for Learning and Development I wonder what Shaw would think if he saw the way learning and development is predominantly measured in organisations today. " The study reported that mandatory training sometimes has a positive effect, but overall has a negative effect.

Small Changes Make a Difference

Tom Spiglanin

Working as an agent of change can be frustrating in slowly changing organizations that use obsolete metrics to assess “success” by counting training hours or number of courses. Should we consider a performance support alternative?

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The games we play

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For a start, there are an impressive array of transferrable skills to be acquired, especially if the games played are designed effectively. Many scholars have researched the effects of games on learning, but perhaps one of the most prolific and profound games theorists is James Paul Gee.

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Let Employees Choose Their Own Training Materials


The employee has the ability to customize their learning — to assess specifically what they need to improve their performance — rather than be forced to participate in education that is defined by the organization. Lots of employees dread company education.

How to Choose the Right Sales Trainer


Remember please that effective sales training is not picking one subject for this year’s sales kickoff meeting and then another subject for next year’s. Large, global enterprises have few choices for one-stop shopping when it comes finding the right sales performance improvement partner.

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New Hires Not Working Out? Try Psychometric Testing


If under-performing salespeople went through interviews and completed specific job training and yet still lack traits need to achieve results, where is the gap? It is not a personality test, such as the Meyers-Briggs assessment or Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI).

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How iPhone Apps Fit Into Online Training


The lesson could show how to assess the patient and how to tell if the symptoms are worsening. Designers will need to think more in terms of performance support and micro-learning, rather than long courses. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user Veronica Belmont.

Teacher Voices: Naomi Hancock

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Put less pressure on testing and assessment, more trust in teacher to instil a love of learning and supporting the children’s needs and interests. Live Skypes also have had the same effect giving the children a window of opportunity to immerse themselves in the topic and conversation.

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Nine Training Alternatives to ‘Correct’ and ‘Incorrect’


Even though it seems futile, this is one of the most common types of feedback we use in e-learning courses to respond to user actions and answers. If possible, allow for more interactivity so learners can try out the simulated software a bit to better understand how to perform a task.

Everyone's a critic

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I recently blogged about the hidden audience effect , and cited Westfields Junior School's S'cool Internet Radio and David Mitchell's Quadblogging projects as examples of how students can become better engaged with learning when they perform their work for an audience.

Where is the road map?

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Some go all the way through secondary school, still unable to effectively express themselves in writing. He performs poorly again, doesn't want to do any homework or put any effort in, and struggles to catch up. Warning - this is a rant.

Diversity or conformity?

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Children are required to perform according to the expectations of the school system, teachers, parents, society. Get it right, and children grow into informed, responsible adults whose innate curiosity and creativity are perpetuated for a life time.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles as Fortune Telling

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The reason researchers roll their eyes at learning styles is the utter failure to find that assessing childrens learning and matching to instructional methods has any effect on their learning." Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Getting to Good Enough

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And even get bad assessments to convert too! Ive also tried to argue with clients about what makes effective learning. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Rubric for Online Instruction Chico State

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A rubric is a statement describing the quality of the learning outcome, or rather a way to evaluate the effectives of the teaching experience and the students comprehension or mastery. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

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performance strategies that deliver a single purpose-focused outcome. Identify environmental and performance staging elements that align the experience into an emotive, engaging whole. Determine how a relentless plussing process improves performance for maximum results.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Learning Show

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Then put the other information into references, performance support and follow-up courses. ( Well designed training should include performance support. The only performance support Ive actually ever written are bulky user-guides to go along with a software training program. Try to mimic the performance environment as much as possible, create that connection of context for the learner which will better enable information retrieval.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: ADDIE: Its a Process

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A common one is ADDIE - Analysis-Design-Development-Implementation-Evaluation.) Most e-Learning vendors mention ADDIE or some form thereof on their websites as if it was a real science about creating effective learning. Whether you use objectives, assessments, exercises. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des.