Methods of Online Assessment (M2:A1)
This assignment will be assessed using the collaboration rubric.
It is worth 10 points.
Check the deadlines for completing this activity in the course calendar.
- Friday, 11/3: Introduce yourself to your M2A1 and post the URL
you will critique to your M2A1 group area.
- Tuesday, 11/7: Post your individual critique and a group timeline
to your M2A1 group area.
- Friday, 11/10: Post group report to M2A1 Whole Class area
- Sunday, 11/12: Respond to two others' M2A1 group postings.
Click on the group discussion forum to which you are assigned and
read through the instructions. Note that the group leader is responsible
for posting the timelines and the group report.
Group 1: Online Tests and Quizzes (student names)
Group 2: Online Groups (student names) - The assignment for this group is included below
Group 3: Online Portfolios, WebQuests, and Virtual Labs (student
Group 4: Synchronous Online Activities (student names)
Group 5: Asynchronous Online Discussions or Meetings (student names)
use of "groups" for this project
Please note that this "group" activity is not a full-blown
group project. Unfortunately, the short time we have for
this course doesn't allow for a larger group effort on
this topic. I have instead opted to have a modified group
activity where each member works individually on a critique
and then the group puts the critiques into a single report
and adds the overall introduction to the report.
It is my hope that this process relieves the timeline stress
normally associated with group projects, but allows the group
to come to a general consensus for the overall scope of the
report presented to the whole class. The introduction can
be started early in the process if desired and then fine-tuned
when all the critiques are completed.
Group Example of Timelines and Roles
Below is the assignment posted in the appropriate discussion forum
for group 2.
Group 2: Online
Group and Team Design
Group Members: Student Names
(Be sure to check the deadline schedule for posting the different
parts in the Calendar.)
1. Post a note to your Group 1 discussion forum introducing yourself
to your group and suggestions you have for getting the project started.
Decide, among your group members, on a working timetable to complete
all the activities included. Choose the role of each member. Be sure
to select a group leader. Each member also needs to select an assessment
2. Each group member is to critique an online group or team assignment
that is available online. The activity may or may not have an assessment
component listed. Use a search engine such as Google®, AltaVista®,
or Yahoo® to locate the resource. (You
may also choose to critique an online group assignment of your own.)
If you are unable to find a suitable assignment after a reasonable
amount of searching, look at the sample assignment links listed at
the bottom of this page. These URLs were used by students in previous
sections of this course. You may find that the best online examples
are for K-12, not higher education, students. You may use K-12 examples
and then discuss their applicability to online adult students. A resource on the characteristics of an adult learner can be
found at http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/adults-2.htm.
Provide a description of the assessment. As you write your critique,
consider the items on the Task specification checklist in the NCREL article. Also be sure to consider if the assessment method
meet the goals of the program or course. Is enough information (e.g.,
criteria and/or guides) given so that the student (and the assessor)
clearly understands the task and the assessment? What purpose does
it serve (pre-assessment/diagnosis, formative, summative)? What does
it assess? What information is missing or inconsistent? Any suggestions
on how to provide clearer instructions and improved assessment strategies?
3. Each member is to post a critique to the group discussion area
by the deadline stated in the Calendar.
4. The critiques need to be compiled into one group report. The
report needs to also have an overview section that discusses the
usefulness of online group and team activities in online assessment,
when they are appropriate for use, and advantages and disadvantages
of using these activities.
5. Have one group member post your group report in the Methods Whole
6. Read what the other groups have submitted and then respond to
at least two of them.
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