Assessment & Accountability


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.

StudyBoost Brings Assessments to Text Messaging

StudyBoost has released a mobile platform that helps student learn using text- or instant messaging-based quizzes.

U Kansas Creates Online Writing Tool

The University of Kansas has created an online system that helps students learn the writing process and lets teachers evaluate, score, and offer feedback.

UConn Brings New Clickers to Classrooms

The University of Connecticut is adopting a new student response system this fall.

Oregon State Turns to Webcam for Proctoring Tests

Oregon State University has begun recommending a proctoring service that caters specifically to students who can't take tests during standard university hours may struggle to find a testing center that meets the standards set by their school.

Turnitin Integrates e-rater Grammar Checking Tool

iParadigms has integrated Educational Testing Service's e-rater grammar checking tool with its online grading solution, GradeMark.

San Diego State To Roll Out New Wave of Classroom Clickers

San Diego State University is shifting to a new classroom response system five years after standardizing on its old one. This time it will be i>clicker2 from Macmillan's i>clicker division.

How Do You Grade a Presentation Minus Content?

Faced with presentation after presentation in dimmed classrooms, I have become bothered by one set of circumstances: A student with great intentions spends an exorbitant amount of time putting together a fantastic presentation but fails to include all of the materials I believe should be there. Based solely on content, the student receives a terrible grade and doesn't reap the reward for the hours spent creating the presentation. But there may be a way to rectify this.