After having taken the "Test" to determine if I was a more teacher- or student-centered instructor, I learned that I am very student-centered. All but one of my responses to questions fell under the heading of student-centered. I am also bowled over by the Online Assessment Resources, which provide a wealth of assessment information, including authentic assessments and rubrics. As a composition instructor, I particularly liked Grant Wiggins's article "The Case for Authentic Assessment" and his assertion, "To improve student performance we must recognize that essential intellectual abilities are falling through the cracks of conventional testing" because he really hits the nail on the head in terms of the lack of purpose with current assessment tools. If we want to prepare students to be successful once they finish their classes, we must assess them in ways that are meaningful. I found a couple of interesting tools at the Learning Object Repository that I can see trying out in my classes. For my developmental composition courses, I can definitely see using the Identifying Incorrect Sentences lesson. It would allow students an opportunity to review run-ons, comma splices and fragments and move at their own pace while they work through the video. Likewise, the Summary Writing lesson would also be helpful in all levels of composition. As a way to solidify the importance of summary for developmental students and understand what they've read, summary plays a major role far beyond the composition classroom. Transfer-level students could also benefit from the activity as they review the significance of summary in presenting research and others' ideas to their readers.
The more I read, the more I realize how much great information is out there. I will always be a student since there is just so much to continually learn.
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.