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.
Desire2Learn is publicly unveiling a major update to its Learning Suite this week, including the Learning Repository and ePortfolio.
The increased availability and use of open educational resources (OER) may complicate assessment, but assessment methods such as student commentary may help.
Maplesoft has announced the release of Maple T.A. 6, the newest version of its Maple T.A. testing and assessment software.
ClassLink will now offer NOCTI assessment data for its ClassMate classroom management solution. The agreement will allow users to import scores from NOCTI assessments in order to improve analysis and reporting on students' individual progress and instructional needs in a range of subjects and specific goal areas.
A broader kind of campus IT leadership is needed in the digital age, one that not only encompasses "technology" innovation but also rethinks higher education's entire learning ecology.
ePortfolios have been used widely in recent years for institutional assessment, but now academic ePortfolios have finally "arrived."
Ed tech developer Qwizdom will launch a new wireless student response system next month, one that offers a 2.3-inch (diagonal) LCD screen and cell phone-style keypad for student interaction and formative testing on the fly.
Early adopters may wonder why other faculty seem so slow to incorporate technology in their courses, but there are actually many external barriers to adoption, including long-held expectations by students and their parents, the endurance of classrooms designed as lecture spaces, and several other standing elements like existing syllabi, textbooks, and even the need to fulfill tenure requirements.
Like the hedgehog, higher education should find its one best survival strategy and use it. And that may be portfolios.