Assessment & Accountability


Moving Exams Out of the Classroom

Removing the test from class time to a dedicated testing center frees up time for more instruction, plus allows for more frequent testing. But what are the challenges of on-campus testing centers--and how can institutions successfully tackle these issues?

Thinking Beyond Project Completion: Analytics, Online Course Guides, and Quality Assurance

At the American Public University System, creating an online library course guide for every course the university offers (now numbering over 1,800) is just a first step. It's the application of metrics and data analysis for a higher level of quality assurance that will sustain the program into the future.

Kno Advance Lets Publishers Convert Flat PDF Files into Interactive Textbooks

Education software company Kno has debuted Advance, a new platform that can convert PDFs and other flat document files into interactive electronic textbooks at no cost.

Giving Classroom Polling a Second Chance

A Pennsylvania college gives classroom polling a second shot after an earlier, failed attempt to equip teachers with an alternate assessment tool.

The Rosetta Stone of Student Success Data

This week, WCET announced that the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework (PAR) project data definitions are now to be offered under Creative Commons licensing. CT asked Russ Little, who serves as project director for the student success plan at Sinclair Community College what this means not only for PAR member institutions like his, but for other community colleges and the higher education community in general.

New Insight 360 Provides Immediate Access to Assessments

eInstruction has released a new version of Insight 360, integrating the platform with a range of mobile technologies intended to give classroom teachers more immediate access to formative and summative assessments.

The Taming of the MOOC--With ePortfolio Evidence

How ePortfolios can help "tame" the flood of openness and educational opportunity arising with MOOCs and other new modalities.

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.