Scottish Governments’ Programme Board for DYW publishes DYW reports to highlight the progress made across the 5 Change Themes. The following reports have been published so far:
The JISC Effective Assessment in a Digital Age publication explains the 'what, why and how' to integrate eAssessment into the learning process with an emphasis on the 'how' more than the 'what'.
Yes, technology has the potential to enhance/facilitate assessment but to be transformational it needs to have a clear educational purpose and engagement. It should not just be used!
If using technology to assess it should have opportunities for:
- Dialogue and Communication
- Immediacy and Contingency
- Speed and was of Processing
- Self-Evaluative, Self-Regulated Learning
The publication defines four broad perspectives on learning: Associative, Constructivist, Social Constructivist and Situative. These four perspectives can work independent of one another or can be interconnected. The table below provides an overview of each perspective and the assessment approach associated with it.
This publication hosts ten case studies that are set in Higher Education. Each case study employs different eAssessment methods and approaches depending on the nature of the learning environment and the purpose of the assessment.
JISC (2010) Effective assessment in a digital age. Bristol: HEFCE.
This is the seventh edition of this annual report and describes emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching & learning in Colleges and Universities in the next five years.
The report describes in relatively plain English technologies which you may have heard of but not experienced and outlines with examples how they are already being used in academic institutions. Interestingly once they are broken down a bit you might be surprised just how many of them you use routinely already.
|One year or less||Two to Three Years||Four to Five years|
|Mobile Computing||Electronic Books||Gesture Based Computing|
|Open Content||Simple Augmented Reality||Visual Data Analysis|
Yes - I know what you're thinking but the report provides just a couple of pages on each - enough to whet the appetite e.g. Do you use Sat Nav? Have you needed to find out where the nearest petrol station is? Using a device that combines information based on GPS, a camera or compass could be considered as Simple Augmented Computing. Anyone get a Wii for Christmas? It's hard to think of anything that's more gesture based. And take a look at my favourite websites in the tag cloud down the right hand side of this website - the larger the text the more links in that category - an example of a new form of Visual Data Analysis.
So the report's not just for "Geeks" - and the technologies are actually here already, but the report does give some interesting insight into how they might be employed in the education business.