Assessment & Accountability


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.

Report: State Data Systems Progress, Though Key Challenges Remain

A new report from education data coalition Data Quality Campaign is calling on policymakers to strengthen links between K-12, workforce, and post-secondary institutions.

Many Happy Returns

Moving course evaluations online saves schools money, time--even trees. But it doesn't mean more students will complete the surveys. Here's how to bump up those response rates.

Wikipedia Tops List of Plagiarized Sources

Where are students finding the materials they plagiarize in their papers? According to a new study, WIkipedia tops the list for both secondary and college students. But as a category, encyclopedia sites are among the least popular sources, coming in behind four other types of information outlets, including both academic sites and paper mills.

Equella 5.1 Gets Office Enhancements, YouTube Integration

Pearson recently released an update to its digital repository, Equella. The 5.1 release includes new tools for working with Microsoft Office files, new notifications, and integration with Flickr and YouTube.

ActivExpression2 Response System Gets Full Keyboard, Equation Support

Ed tech developer Promethean has launched a new and significantly enhanced generation of classroom response systems, ActivExpression2.

A Survey of the Electronic Portfolio Market Sector: Analysis and Surprising Trends

Trent Batson's recent survey of ePortfolio technology providers shows that there's a move in the ePortfolio marketplace now, from its earlier concentration on institutional assessment portfolios to the inclusion of a wider range of products that support student-centered as well as institution-centered portfolios--opening up the potential for new learning designs.