This effective practice most closely relates to the Sloan-C pillars of learning effectiveness and student satisfaction. This effective practice is useful for creating a variety of academic support resources. Self-assessments in particular are a useful tool to provide learners with feedback about their skill sets that provides them with a specific course of action to follow and prompts them to move on when they are ready. The backwards design approach lends itself to the creation of high-quality, self-paced instructional resources and, in addition, the self-assessments help learners determine needs, skill opportunities, and identify the most relevant content and activities for them to complete. This effective practice promotes student satisfaction because it allows learners to identity their needs and locates the most relevant resources and information to build their competencies. Students at any level can benefit from utilizing a self-assessment as a baseline to begin building their skills.
To create the resource and self-assessment we used web standard technology, a mix of HTML, CSS and jQuery. These are common languages able to be used across web browsers to display content. We built out the HTML structure, CSS styles and jQuery interactions while utilizing a few existing pieces from the web community, like the jQueryUI buttonset and a plugin called scrollTo. With the code developed, the assessments can customize the learners’ results based on their choices so we can give them the resources they need most. Using web standard technology reaches more platforms than media like Flash, gives us more open source knowledge, and provides greater flexibility for future projects and enhancements. For the checkpoint assessments, we used Adobe Flash. We used similar ideas to generate the learner’s results using ActionScript.