Assessment & Accountability


Monterey College of Law Pilots iPad Programs for Students and Faculty

As the centerpiece of a new mobile computing initiative, Monterey College of Law in California is distributing Apple iPads to all students enrolled in a supplemental curriculum program that helps them prepare for the state's bar exam. All entering first-year students signed up for the program within the first week, as did 70 percent of the remainder of the student body.

Cultural Shift at a Community College: E-Portfolios Go Campuswide

Tunxis Community College in Connecticut grew an assessment experiment into a schoolwide implementation of electronic portfolios.

Plagiarism Detection Tool To Get LMS Integration

iParadigms has unveiled Turnitin2, the latest version of its online tool for plagiarism detection and the encouragement of proper citation in student papers.

We Don’t Care About the Tests; We Care About Life Outcomes

It is time to ask what outcomes we are looking for from education. Why are our “outcomes” now only about how well a student does in courses? Wouldn’t it be better if students were evaluated on their evidence of learning, and wouldn’t that kind of evaluation have more to do with real life?

Ready ... or Not?

Community colleges are investing heavily in remedial programs to bring students up to college and workforce readiness--but technology can both help and hurt the success of those efforts.

A Profoundly Disruptive Technology

The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) had its first world conference this last week in Boston, co-located with Campus Technology 2010. The group of learning and assessment experts is organized around its members' interest in ePortfolios.

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?