Assessment & Accountability


Wave Connects Student Response Devices to Blackboard, Moodle

eInstruction has unveiled a new piece of software designed to simplify formative and summative tests in higher education. The software, Wave, connects the institution's LMS with classroom clickers and other devices.

Opening Up Learning Analytics for the Community College

The Open Academic Analytics Initiative, an NGLC grant recipient, is seeking to engender an ecosystem for learning analytics based on open source technologies. Its research includes scaling factors for learner analytics, the portability of predictive models among different types of academic institutions, and intervention strategies that leverage Open Educational Resources. Marist College, the lead institution on the grant, has partnered with two community colleges and two HBCUs to accomplish OAAI goals.

Yale Consolidates Language Testing onto OWL

Yale University has adopted a testing system in its Center for Language Study that allows instructors to customize exams for different languages and create assessments that can encompass speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Education Portal Claims a Million Students for Free Online CLEP Prep Courses

A company that offers free video courses to help students prepare for exams that will earn them college credit claimed that it had reached a million students in its first year of operation.

McGraw-Hill Selling Education Business to Investment Group

McGraw-Hill is selling its McGraw-Hill Education business to investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management (Apollo) for $2.5 billion.

Campus Wide Clicker Implementation: A Faculty Choice

Iowa Central Community College implemented student response systems campus wide this fall. The initiative originated from the interests of faculty, and the college has kept faculty choice as the key factor in the deployment and use of the clickers in any course or program. Here, CT asks Jennifer Condon, the dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences, about the progress of the clicker initiative and lessons learned.

Netop Student Response System Turns Mobile Devices into Clickers

Netop has released a Web-based student response system that allows students to use their mobile devices as clickers.

Testing Tool Supports Exam Delivery Through iPad

Exam delivery via iPad is just one feature of ExamSoft's new test management tool on display this week at Educause 2012 conference in Denver.

Online Tool Gauges Student Computer Skills

A textbook publishing company has released an online program to help schools measure the basic computing skills of their students.

Study Tracks Types and Frequency of Instructor Comments on Student Papers (awk.)

Educators at both the high school and postsecondary levels are writing the same types of comments on student papers, according to a new study, which also suggested that feedback intended to help students improve their writing skills may not be having the desired effect