Assessment & Accountability


The Testing Straitjacket

How students are tested or evaluated determines how they are taught. But testing within many courses today remains, in essence, the same as always. Therefore, the limits of educational reform are determined to some extent by the current legacy structure of testing and evaluation.

Community College Adopts SmarterMeasure To Gauge Online Readiness

Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD has introduced a Web program to allow students to check their readiness for taking online classes.

Brigham Young Testing Gradebook To Address Cloud-Based Student Work

Brigham Young University in Provo, UT is developing a custom gradebook that will allow its students to develop and maintain their work in any online tool and simply submit a URL to the faculty member.

On the Cusp of the Resume Renaissance

Resumes are notoriously irregular, suspect, unreliable, and misleading. How to address this issue? And how can higher education help its students improve their employability by producing better resumes?

Macmillan, Panopto Team Up for Lecture Capture

Two companies--one with clicker technology and the other with lecture capture software--are teaming up for the development of classroom technologies.

Edvance360 Bolsters Course Development, Learning Outcomes Management

Edvance360 has updated its learning management system, Edvance360 LMS-SN, expanding course development and reporting features and adding in new learning outcome management tools.

Josh Baron on Education Technology and Disruptive Change

Marist College’s Director of Academic Technology and eLearning, a Campus Technology 2010 keynoter, talked with CT about potential disruptive changes ahead that may not only alter how we use technology for teaching and learning, but might turn higher education infrastructure on its ear.

Is Portfolio Evidence Useful?

A capstone portfolio process can increase the value of a portfolio collection, both during a student's college career and after. Students can maintain their own record of achievement, with the portfolio central to every course they take. Students would re-visit and re-work their portfolio collection over time.

Assessment Software Gets Connector to SharePoint

Questionmark has released a new program that allows users of its assessment software, Perception, to run in Microsoft's content and collaboration platform, SharePoint.

How Do You Measure Success?

The term “accountability” is showing up more often in education circles. Higher education has not been held to such stringent standards, although accrediting organizations and state governments can and do sanction schools and cause programs to be shut down.