The course started off with a bang the first week. There was so much great information about various types of assessments, and it was a great foundation for the coming weeks. Being able to differentiate between formative and summative assessments and also read about the "antiquated" nature of assessment in United States schools was very interesting. Beyond the reading, I feel as if the class is made up of amazing students. What an interesting array of people from classroom teachers (at various levels) to educational administrators, to those in other fields altogether. I love being able to gain feedback from such a broad spectrum of professionals. The ice-breaker activity was fun in that we had to interview a classmate, and I was thrilled to connect with Kate Carbaugh, who lives in McConnellsburg (Southern Pennsylvania) with her husband, son, daughter, and dog. Kate teaches at a middle school that is housed in a high school. She is just beginning the E-Learning certificate program, and Kate hopes that this class will help her improve and align assessments with best practices in her English, reading, and internet literacy classes. Like Kate, I, too, hope that this class will provide me with more meaningful assessment tools so that my composition students (both online and face-to-face) will gain the most from their time in my classes.
Here is a link to our class wiki, which we participated in the first week as well. It was a fun activity, and one that I could see using in a class too since it gives the students a feeling of being more actively involved in the class from the start.
Hi, my name is Lisa, and I am an English professor at a community college in Southern California. This blog is my way of tracking my progress in my Assessment in E-Learning course (EDUC 762) for the University of Wisconsin, Stout's E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate program.