Assessment & Accountability


5 Ways to Save Students--and Money

Retention and advising tools help students stay in school and graduate. But they can also be a boon to a school's bottom line.

Enhanced i>clicker+ with Braille Buttons Set for Fall Rollout

Macmillan New Ventures' i>clicker unit is rolling out an enhanced version of its student response device this fall.

ProProfs Quiz Maker Expands Assessment Tools

ProProfs has released an updated slate of features for Quiz Maker, the company's online assessment creation tool, including new reporting capabilities and an expanded question bank.

Smart Notebook 11 Adds Browser Embedding, Adaptive Toolbar

Smart Technologies has released version 11 of its collaborative learning tool, Smart Notebook. The company has also released an update to Smart Response and 3D Tools for Mac OS X.

The Connected College: Digital Artifacts and Tools to Support Learning Outcomes

Bristol Community College, an urban college in southeastern Massachusetts, has redesigned many of its courses around common learning outcomes. With the help of a Title III grant from the Department of Education, BCC has supported faculty by developing Course Design Toolkits and identifying an array of digital instructional artifacts relevant to course content and supportive of learning outcomes.

E-Portfolios: Are We There Yet?

For years, e-portfolios have been nurtured by a corps of true believers. As DIY education becomes a reality, their time may have come at last.

Teachers Assess Comprehension, Bolster Student Participation with Web App

A new Web app fosters student participation and dialogue while providing instructors with a way to assess student comprehension of subject material.

AAEEBL: It's All About Evidence-Based Learning--Supported by ePortfolios

ePortfolio technology is maturing and opening up the potential for evidence-based learning. The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) was established three years ago to provide a "home" and focal point for the community as the technology and related education practices evolve. Here, Executive Director Trent Batson gives CT an update on AAEEBL and on the ePortfolio marketplace.

Fostering a Culture of Evidence: Business Analytics at the Virginia Community College System

The Virginia Community College System--one of the largest in the country, with 23 colleges on 40 campuses--has leveraged business analytics to help streamline information processes, achieve cost efficiencies, encourage data and information sharing and transparency, and identify ways to offer improved service to the community. Here, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness Catherine Finnegan talks with Campus Technology about VCCS's use of business analytics.

The Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework Moves Forward

In May 2011, WCET announced the receipt of funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to begin work on the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework. Now, a federated dataset has been created and PAR researchers have already begun to analyze the data, looking for variables affecting student performance and success. Here, WCET Executive Director Ellen Wagner comments on this milestone for the PAR Framework and on plans to expand the database to increase opportunities for sharing predictive analytics more widely.