Celebration of Learning: Online Showcase-Evaluation of Student Achievement

Presenters: Jennifer Flaig, Communication; Christine Dunkel, Art

Jennifer’s Tips
Use Journals with open criteria to assess student engagement and progress, get to know students;
Use Journal prompts asking for examples from the text, application of a concept to real life;
Connect with students individually and privately through journal comments;
Ask students to blog, sharing with their classmates;
Use Discussion Board forums to have students share and comment on each other’s work;
Use YouTube videos as a subject resource, asking students to find a video which illustrates a concept from a chapter in the text – discuss the videos in class;
Use Google Voice to establish an instructor telephone number separate from an office, home or cellular phone – setup Google Voice notifications for messages and use the voicemail transcription feature;
Experiment with different tools in Blackboard;
Find, share and collaborate with others who teach online – LinkedIn has online teaching groups;
Provide students with detailed rubrics on how discussion and journal contributions will be graded; see Jennifer’s examples here: example 1 (PDF); example 2 (XLS)

Christine’s Tips
Take on the challenge to teach online when large-sized/high-quality media is required, such as teaching Art History online!
Find or develop resources where students may study and create flash card tools online with the images;
Provide students with how-to information they will need to be successful navigating the course tools, such as how to locate images and create image flashcards;
Plan for online evaluation to be “open”; open-book, open resource, etc. but design the evaluation/test so students would not be able to simply transmit right answers from resources to the test;
Students who go through the process of preparing test-taking materials, such as flashcards, will have learned simply from the process of preparing the materials;
Require students to demonstrate achievement on tests not from one source but from many synthesized sources;
Require students to demonstrate achievement by applying information they have learned;
When using tools like Turnitin.com or SafeAssign to systematically check student paper submissions, notify students in course information/policies of how the process works and what the consequences for plagiarism are.
For more information about the ART150 image gallery, contact Christine, cmdunkel@icc.edu or Brandy Thatcher, bthatcher@icc.edu, 694-5306.

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