Assessment & Accountability


Desire2Learn Learning Suite Expands Mobile Support

Desire2Learn is releasing a new version of Learning Suite, an educational software package that includes a learning management system, electronic portfolio, learning repository, and analytics. The new release, version 9.2, expands support for mobile Web users and also brings several enhancements in the areas of assessments and grading.

Continuity of Learning: The Web Sweet Spot

Learning in higher education--formal, informal, and social--is constantly disrupted and almost always scattered during the years of undergraduate education. Learning experiences during those years are discontinuous and vertically organized because of an over-arching business model that undermines the continuity of learning by making knowledge into separate chunks instead of recognizing it as flow. But, there is an alternative…

Putting the Focus on Performance

In the push to improve student performance, two universities institute comprehensive, data-driven systems to assess their departments.

Evidence of Learning Online: Assessment Beyond The Paper

Discussions of technology strategy and planning for new media at colleges and universities are informed by many factors of higher education culture and the way its core constituents--faculty and students--work and learn. One rapidly evolving area is online assessment, whether for fully online programs or for blended learning environments. Here, learning designer Judith Boettcher examines online assessment strategies beyond the traditional end-of-term paper.

PresenterWare Brings Assessment Control to iOS

Turning Technologies has rolled out a new app that lets users control TurningPoint and TurningPoint AnyWhere via an iPad or other Apple iOS device. The company has also released updates for its TurningPoint and QuestionPoint classroom assessment tools.

Blackboard Launches Free Web-Based Course Platform

Blackboard has launched a free hosted course management service. The system, CourseSites is an online platform that enables faculty members to set up Web-based class sites where they can post course materials, communicate with students, encourage collaboration, monitor performance, and manage grades.

U Wisconsin and OrgSync Develop and Launch E-Portfolio

Five universities in the University of Wisconsin System have participated in the release of a new e-portfolio product. The Eau Claire, Green Bay, Oshkosh, River Falls, and Stout campuses worked with OrgSync to create the application, which provides students with a way to document, reflect on, and share their college experiences.

McGraw-Hill and Wipro Developing Mobile Learning Platform for Testing in India

An American media company and a major Indian IT service provider are teaming up to develop a mobile platform that can be used for learning. McGraw-Hill Education and WiPro announced mConnect, a digital platform built on open standards that will play programs designed to bridge the skills gap in emerging markets.

The Student Portfolio is the New Book: New Practices, Profession, and Scholarship

As the electronic portfolio becomes a more critical element in teaching and learning at higher education institutions as well as a key tool in an era of digital knowledge generation, a new field of scholarship is emerging around the study of ePortfolio practice--complete with its first scholarly journal, IJeP.

The Myth of eLearning: There Is No 'There' There

An overly simplistic view of teaching and learning as classroom-centric, "delivered" education may have resulted, in the past, in an overly simplistic view of eLearning as well. But now, there is a shift from classroom-centric thinking to a more holistic, multi-dimensional viewpoint and a greater emphasis on experiential learning.