I am now deep in the EDUC 4151 course but I can also see that the end is in sight. I really enjoyed the unit on Community, but the topic of Assessment also interests me. When I took the Assessment course in the PIDP program, I loved learning about the different considerations when building assessment instruments and the different types of instruments that are available. The concept of alignment was new to me then, but it makes sense that the curriculum, instruction, and assessment should all be closely aligned. I also enjoyed learning about validity and reliability – though they are both related concepts, they emphasize slightly different aspects of effective assessment tools.
I am currently working my way through the readings from the Assessment unit and I hope to start working on my activity this evening. It sounds like a great activity that will be applicable to the EDUC 4152 course as well as my own teaching.
Below is a list of practices I would like to incorporate into future online courses in order to build a stronger learning community. This list represents practices that are currently not part of my online courses.
– Ask colleagues to test my course website prior to launch and assess ease of navigation and function of technology.
– Include ice-breaking activities beyond the basic biography forum.
– Provide students with information about institutional and other resources.
– Include a general netiquette document in the first week of the course.
– Include guidelines for participation determined by students.
– Add a social Water Cooler discussion area.
– Incorporate more opportunities for synchronous communication, including office hours.
– Use weekly videos to update students about the course.
– Incorporate a formative survey partway through each course.
– Use more Screencasts to explain difficult or visual concepts.
– Add some flexibility in assignments.
– Account for gender differences when building the course activities.
– Include guidelines for ethical standards in the course.