Online and Blended Technologies to Support Assessment

Workshop Session 1

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

You are invited to participate in a highly interactive, practical, and hands-on workshop to learn how to use various instructional technologies for assessment in online and blended learning that will enhance your students’ educational experiences and your ability to understand what your students know and can do.

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Presenters

Dr. Tawnya Means is Assistant Dean and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center for the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, providing comprehensive learning support for students and faculty development programs and resources for instructional innovation and adoption of pedagogical best practices. With nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, course design, and educational consulting, Tawnya also teaches courses in strategy, technology, and leadership in remote teams. Dr. Means received her B.S. in Education, M.S. in Educational Technology, and Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis on learning systems design, all from the University of Missouri. She completed the AACSB Post-doctoral bridge program in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. Her research interests are in online and blended learning, active learning, learning space design, technology for teaching, access to digital learning resources, and faculty preparation to teach. She has long been a leader in campus initiatives and committees and actively presents at conferences and other institutions and organizations on technology-enhanced learning.

Extended Abstract

How many conference sessions and workshops have you attended where you the presenters are great and you are inspired to do something different with your teaching, but really, it is just too big of an idea to implement right away or you didn’t quite grasp how it would work for you and so you end up doing nothing? Wouldn’t it be great if you could attend a session where you actually get your hands dirty, have a facilitated exploration, and leave with at least one technique or solution that you can apply to your classroom the next day?

You are invited to participate in a highly interactive, practical, and hands-on workshop to learn how to use various instructional technologies for assessment in online and blended learning that will enhance your students’ educational experiences and your ability to understand what your students know and can do. The session will follow this format:

  • Introduction: The session will start with a walk-through of the purpose and plan of the session as well as demonstrations of the technologies in the session. You will be provided with a “to do list” and potential ways to use the technology in your teaching.
  • Ready, Set, Type: The majority of the session will be a “DIY” tour (with support), in which you use the workshop laptops (pre-configured for your use) to actually explore the instructional technologies for assessment.
  • Debrief: We will wrap up with a discussion to share lessons learned from experiences with the assessment technologies, reflect on uses that might not yet have been introduced, and perhaps suggest other assessment technologies that might be useful.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will engage in hands-on exploration of technologies for measuring learning and supporting academic integrity.
  2. Participants will use their exploration to compare and contrast tools for assessment based on their specific teaching needs.
  3. Participants will select at least one assessment tool to implement after the session is complete.
  4. Participants will have access to resources to learn more following the session.

This workshop will be presented using laptops provided by the presenter in collaboration with Hewlett-Packard. All laptop stations will have assessment technologies pre-configured. Participants will have hands-on exploration of assessment tools, as well as take away a resource with tool information and links.

Special Note from your workshop presenter:

I am looking forward to meeting you at the Online and Blended Technologies to Support Assessment workshop in Orlando on Wednesday, November 14th. In this hands-on session, you will have the opportunity to hear about, but more importantly, to try out, a variety of technology tools that will help you teach with blended and online assessments. You should plan to bring your fully charged laptop to the session. If you do not have a laptop available, we will have a limited number of laptops provided by HP and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for you to use during the session. As a part of the workshop, you will also have access to a free Canvas course site (with on-going access after the session) to quickly link you to the materials and tools. You can access the Canvas site at https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/MLH947. If you already have a Canvas Free for Teachers account, you can sign in with your current account, or you can quickly create a free account using your preferred email address. The site will be available to access on Tuesday, November 13th. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at tawnya.means@unl.edu.