Assessment & Accountability


The Future of Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is changing the landscape of higher education IT and the application of learning technologies. Washington State University's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Director Gary Brown explains why he thinks we're moving from collaborative learning environments (CLEs) and ePortfolios, to personal learning environments (PLEs) and worldware.

ASR Launches Accountability Framework for Higher Ed

Education consulting firm ASR Analytics has debuted a new suite of services focused on the reporting and analysis of accountability data in colleges and universities. The new Accountability Framework for Higher Education (AFHE) is designed to provide a "sustainable reporting foundation for decision making" using BI methodologies.

Rethinking Accountability: Response to "The ePortfolio Hijacked"

This past December, Trent Batson voiced a concern in the C-Level View e-newsletter that those in higher education who are responsible for meeting the demands of external accreditors have "hijacked" the idea of electronic portfolios. Batson suggested a separation of student-owned ePortfolios and assessment management systems. Here, Syracuse University's Joe Shedd offers a different take on how institutions should position their ePortfolio programs.

The ePortfolio Hijacked

The idea of the electronic portfolio in higher education in the US has transmuted from a focus on learning to a focus on accountability. Trent Batson hopes to clarify the difference between the terms "ePortfolio" and "assessment management system."

Testing: No Longer a Contact Sport?

Universities are turning to technology to tackle (seemingly) growing problems with academic integrity (formerly known as "cheating"). Anti-plagiarism solutions routinely check student work; centers are devoted to studying and documenting cheating; and one university has gone so far as to build a high-tech, secure site for testing.

Autodesk Launches Academic Certs

Software developer Autodesk is expanding its certifications to secondary and post-secondary students through its new Autodesk academic certification program. The credential students earn is the same as the professional-level credential but is offered at an academic discount.

Virtual LSAT Course Slated for Oct.

Test preparation company PowerScores' new Virtual LSAT Course will begin instruction in October for the Dec. 1 LSAT test. While PowerScore holds onsite test instruction, the online course offer students across the globe the chance to remotely prepare for the test from their homes or offices.

Blackboard Debuts Anti-Plagiarism Technology for LMS

Blackboard this week debuted a new tool called SafeAssign, which is designed to eliminate plagiarism in student assignments. The service detects plagiarized works in student papers and delivers reports on such incidents through the Blackboard Learning System.

University of Delaware Responds to Classroom Clickers

Any instructor who has had the experience Duncan describes can appreciate the idea of using clickers, or personal response devices, to gauge student participation and understanding.

U West Streamlines Administrative Systems

The University of the West in Rosemead, CA is upgrading its administrative systems in order to grow enrollment and and fulfill new accreditation requirements. The upgrades include CampusVue Collegiate and CampusNet, two enterprise solutions from Campus Management in Boca Raton, FL.