Assessment & Accountability


The Higher Education Hedgehog

Like the hedgehog, higher education should find its one best survival strategy and use it. And that may be portfolios.

Troy University Adds ProctorU Service to Online Courses

Troy University has added ProctorU to its list of approved proctors for some classes.

Plagiarism Deterred Through Information, Not Threats

Giving students a Web-based tutorial on plagiarism is more effective in deterring the behavior than threatening students with detection and punishment. That's according to the results of an experiment conducted by professors at the University of Michigan and Swarthmore College and published as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Pioneering Mobile Learning

Midway through its second year, Abilene Christian University's mobile learning initiative expands to include classroom management and blogging, with mobile podcasting on the way.

Reazon Systems Launches Sakai Module for Student Assessment

Reazon Systems has released a student assessment module that works with the Sakai open source course management system. iRubric for Sakai integrates with Sakai CLE (collaborative learning environment) to perform rubric generation, assessment, and reporting. Users can access the functionality directly from the Sakai gradebook.

ePortfolios: Let Me Count the Ways

Rather than starting with a functional analysis of various ePortfolio tools, look at how ePortfolio technology in general fits with key educational trends and decide how a portfolio strategy can support your institution's unique objectives.

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Purdue U Brings Social Networking to the Classroom

In most classrooms around the world, using cell phones to send text messages and laptops to access sites like Facebook and Twitter are very much discouraged. Not so at Purdue University, where some professors have come to embrace social networking as an instructional aid.

New Clicker Adds Screen for Response Verification

Turning Technologies has debuted its new ResponseCard RF LCD, an classroom clicker device that contains a small LCD screen for participants to confirm their responses.

Where is the Student Voice in Assessment?

Many ePortfolio systems focus on institutional assessment data, putting student assessment--especially students' own reflections on their work--in second place. Batson advocates a voice for students in the assessment process.

A Socrates Redux in the BYUI Learning Model

Socrates with a twist: Trent Batson reports on how "Brigham Young University Idaho has found a way to combine a Socratic approach with simple technology to create a hybrid lecture that guides students to teach each other." The idea is to ensure that students will always be prepared for class.