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Towards Great Formative Assessment in Blended and Online Learning

Len Scrogan (University of Colorado - Denver, USA)
Brent Wilson (University of Colorado-Denver, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 8:30am
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Areas of Special Interest: 
None of the above
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research and Evaluation
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Plaza Ballroom D
Session Duration: 
90 Minutes
Workshop Session 1
Virtual Session

Classroom teachers and professors who are teaching in blended, flipped, and online learning formats have so much to do and so little time. How can they afford better formative assessment? Take away best practices in online formative assessment and also learn how to provide great student feedback---in much less time. And leave with impactful new tools.

Extended Abstract

New Assessment Tools and Feedback Approaches

  • Audio and voice-thread feedback on submitted work
  • File-casting
  • Doc-casting
  • New assessment apps and sites
  • Assessment embedded within video
  • Assessment with cell phones
  • Bonus Content: Assessment tools "chop shop"

Five Big Ideas

  • HOT assessment versus NOT assessment
  • Serious peer review using a rubric or formal critique
  • Scaffolding for complex projects - multiple submissions, building incrementally
  • Assessment through metaphor
  • Badges
Lead Presenter
Len Scrogan

Len Scrogan (University of Colorado - Denver, USA)

A former teacher, principal, and technology director for the Boulder Valley Schools, Len was named Outstanding Technology Administrator in the state of Colorado in 2009. Len is currently a Digital Learning Architect and author of Digital Shapeshifter, a book on creative visual teaching and learning. His work concentrates on innovative projects in the area of 3D, visual teaching and learning, blended learning, and technology leadership. Len is an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado-Denver. He is also a blogger, TEDx speaker, and recognized ed-tech author and speaker. He is a co-author of the American Optometric Association’s seminal report on 3D in the classroom,See Well, Learn Well. Len serves as the online community manager for LinkedIn’s Stereo 3D Media and Technology online community of 8,000+ members. He is a national judge for the Technology & Learning software awards and is a software reviewer for Technology & Learning magazine. Len is also a board member for the new ISTE 3D Network and a member of the COSN Emerging Technologies Committee.

Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson (University of Colorado-Denver, USA)

Brent G. Wilson is professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver, where he teaches e-learning courses in their fully online MA. His research explores some foundational questions, like: What makes instruction really good? How can we support teachers and students in their effective use of tools and resources? And how can we use technology to make education special, even transformative?