Beyond Another Paper – Measuring student learning via authentic student creations
Why not another paper?
- What do you want your students to learn?
- What do you want your students to do?
- What are the learning objectives for your course?
- What type of artifact could demonstrate that students mastered the course material?
- Demonstrate knowledge
Why not papers?
- Demonstrate deep understanding
- Show cause and effect
- Authentic assessment
How to determine if “different” is appropriate?
- Start with the learning objectives
- Review Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Consider what “appropriate” might be
“ Analyze institutional formation in early Western civilizations and evaluate its influence on political, economic and social organization and control in at least three distinct societies.”
- Students select an “institution” topic
- Collaboratively track info in wiki and discussions
- Independently create timelines or infographics
“ Compare and contrast three aspects of the Aztec, Mayan and Incan civilizations.”
- Students brainstorm list of things to compare
- Independently create posters or slideshows
- Share links or embedded images on discussion board
“Students should be able to construct an econometric model, use an econometric software to estimate the parameters of the model, and interpret the results.”
- A two-day poster session replaced traditional student presentations
- Students spent class sessions explaining their results to their classmates, friends, members of the economics department, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences
What have you tried?
What might work for your learning outcomes?
- What activities might increase student engagement?
- What might the students remember ten years from now?
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- University of Houston – New Technologies: http://newtech.coe.uh.edu/
- OSCQR – Content and Activities: http://oscqr.org/content-activities/
- Beyond the Essay: Making Student Thinking Visible in the Humanities – https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/beyond-the-essay/
- Infographics as a Creative Assessment – Kathy Schrock
- 13 Incredible Tools for Creating Infographics – Creative Blog
- Creating Infographics – Penn Libguide
- Piktochart – https://piktochart.com/
- Canva – https://www.canva.com/create/infographics/
VoiceThread (and related) Resources:
- Voicethread – https://voicethread.com/
- Voicethread Examples – https://www.nccu.edu/knowledgebase/faq.cfm?id=480
- VoiceThread – “Tea for Teaching” podcast with Jeffrey Riman
- Kimber Underdown and Jillian Hartman – “15 Ways to Flipgrid in Higher Ed”
- Animoto – https://animoto.com/
- Moovly – https://www.moovly.com/
- Powtoon – https://www.powtoon.com/home/
Video Creation Resources:
- iMovie (Mac/iOS)
- VSDC (Windows 10)
- Windows Story Remix – PC Mag article
- Adobe Spark
- Top 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers – https://elearningindustry.com/top-10-free-timeline-creation-tools-for-teachers
- Vanderbilt University – Digital Timelines Teaching Guide https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/digital-timelines/
- Phillips, Birgit. “Student-Produced Podcasts in Language Learning – Exploring Student Perceptions of Podcast Activities.” IAFOR Journal of Education 6, no. 3 (2017).
- Student Writing – podcast examining a student podcast assignment
- Patrick Allan – “How to Start Your Own Podcast”
Online Quiz Resources:
- QuizBean – https://www.quizbean.com/home
- ClassMarker – https://www.classmarker.com/
- QuizStar – http://quizstar.4teachers.org/
- Quizlet – https://quizlet.com/
- Canva – https://www.canva.com/create/posters/
- Poster Presentation Tips – Northern Arizona University
- Implementing Posters in the Classroom – Yale Center for Teaching and Learning
- Creating a Poster – The Writing Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Adobe Spark Free Online Poster Maker
- Google Draw
- Edraw – Cause and Effect diagrams – https://www.edrawsoft.com/education-cause-and-effect-diagram.php
- Mind Mup – https://www.mindmup.com/
- Bubbl.us – https://bubbl.us/
- 5 Free Mindmap Tools – http://www.mindmapsoft.com/free-mindmap-tool/
Collaborative Online Content Resources:
- Rachelle Dene Poth – “10 EdTech Tools for Encouraging Classroom Collaboration”
- Christina Hendricks – “Open Pedagogy: Examples of Class Activities“
- Open Education Resources: Open Pedagogy Examples – Austin Community College Libguide
- Leanne Risely – “Students as Authors through Open Pedagogy”
- Google – Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides
- Schwartz, Daniel L. and John D. Bransford. “A time for telling.” Cognition and Instruction 16, no. 4 (1998): 475-522
- Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Story Telling – Coursera MOOC
- Educational Uses of Digital StoryTelling
- Digital StoryTelling – CTL University of Georgia
- Reacting to the Past – https://reacting.barnard.edu/
Performance and other artistic expression Resources:
- Dance Your PhD
- Mary Beth Hertz – “Full Steam Ahead: Why Arts are Essential In STEM Education”
- Richard Lachman – “STEAM not STEM: Why scientists seed arts training”
- Lawson, Robert, Joshua Hall, and G. Dirk Mateer. “From ABBA to Zeppelin: Using Music to teach Economics.” The Journal of Economic Education 39, no. 1. (2008): 107-107.