Do very low-stakes assessment matter? It’s not just students on the cusp of failing that a ‘few marks’ matter…
Category: The Field Guide
Let’s face it. Just about every educational technology job advert has stakeholder skills as a key selection criteria. Why? Also, what is it exactly? It’s far more than making clients happy.
Students of the world can blame for the Multiple choice test. You don’t have to search hard on the Twitterverse to see how impactful question design can be: A well written multiple question will test knowledge and understanding. The question is – what is good..
Can “Constructive Alignment” better help you answer that question from students “Is this going to be assessed?” When designing a course, if you are the subject matter expert, an Educational Developer will ask you to: Create about the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) Align both the..
When marking assessments, you put a lot of effort going in to marking identifying and correcting errors, explaining misunderstandings, praising good practice and providing suggestions for better approaches. So does providing assessment feedback feel like that something is getting lost in translation? In some extreme..
Engagement. There’s $500 million Australian university’s CGS cluster funding potentially at stake, turning on the definition of that word. If the plan goes ahead (Department of Education and Training 2017, p27), it will be a financial incentive to bring student experience of higher education into..
Does videos for learning need to be the same standard as a Brian Cox documentary? What’s the point in appearing in video? Given the harsh reality of time, budget, video kit and the pressure to DIY eLearning, what we really want to know is… What’s..
Video hardware and software is cheaper. It’s quicker and easier to achieve a good standard. Publishing is now the same as distributing. Yet, if we want to make engaging educational videos, we need to understand how it works and what it’s affordances are in the..
This highlights the emotional side of learning: it is impactful, lasting and it’s important. The key is to understand how to harness this emotion to trigger engagement with learning. Student Interest and Engagement This understanding is what Ella Kahu, Karen Nelson and Catherine Picton have..
To the outside observer, it may not be clear where the line is drawn between what an instructional designer does versus what a subject matter expert does. The instructional designer is someone who enables effective learning. The Subject Matter Expert brings their authority on a topic based on knowledge, experience..