Assessment & Accountability

Miracle on the Hudson: Don't Fall in Love With the Plan

A well-planned system for flying or for learning is only ultimately valuable if it frees those using it--pilots or teachers and learners--to invent as they go along.

The Portfolio Enigma in a Time of Ephemera

An old adage that evolved from the establishment of static print media is, "If it's in print, it must be true." And we collected literally tons of the stuff. The digital realm has turned that thinking on its ear, and ePortfolios may help make sense out of our new process of collecting "tons" of bits--not static, but shifting bits.

Ownership of Learning: The Siren Song of IT

The word "ownership," when linked to technology, usually conjures up images of lawyers and of the most feared and revered 2 letters in higher education: IP. But this little story is not about intellectual property per se and is most definitely not about lawyers. It's about students' perception of ownership in higher education's geography.

Turning Tech Brings Classroom Response System to iPhone & iPod Touch

Turning Technologies has launched an iPhone and iPod Touch version of ResponseWare, the company's interactive classroom response software. ResponseWare has already been available for the iPhone and other smart phones through a Web-based system; the new version is a free download through Apple's App Store.

Penn State Pilots Proctored Online Testing System from Kryterion

The Pennsylvania State University's World Campus and Kryterion have gone public with results of a pilot in which students completed proctored exams online using Webassessor Online Secured Testing. The technology is intended to deliver tests without the need for an in-room proctor present.

LodeStar Integrates with eFolioWorld Portfolio

LodeStar Learning has announced a new partnership with eFolioWorld to integrate its electronic learning authoring suite, LodeStar, with the eFolioWorld electronic portfolio system. eFolioWorld is a hosted portfolio system developed jointly by ed tech provider Avenet and the Minnesota State College and Universities System.

The Institutional Path for Change in This Age: Andragogy, not Pedagogy

Our ontology about teaching and learning is no longer workable. It is time for a change from pedagogy to andragogy and evidence-based learning.

Turnitin Integrates Plagiarism Tool into New Online Writing Service

iParadigms, creator of the Turnitin plagiarism detection service, has released a set of tools designed to help students improve their writing skills through enhanced teacher-student communication and peer collaboration. The Web-based WriteCycle suite of services combines the company's Turnitin service with its new GradeMark Digital Grading service and a peer review collaboration and feedback tool.

Tips for Getting Started with Educational Wikis

Campus Technology speaks with wiki expert Stewart Mader, who discusses choosing between commercial and open source wiki products, getting started with a wiki, and why Wikipedia is the single biggest stumbling block to wikis in higher education.

Kaplan U Launches Career Assessment for Online Freshmen

Kaplan University launched MyPath, a program that uses career planning and student success diagnostics to help students craft a course of study that maximizes their career potential. The assessment tools will be used for all freshmen doing studies in the online program, the school said in a statement, to address study skills and career focus before they begin their academic program.

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