Rubrics and Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

Raising the Floor

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Oliver Dreon, Ph.D

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While rubrics sound like a critical tool for teaching and learning, I find that few educators enjoy making them or using them. I attribute this to several reasons. First, good rubrics are hard to make. It can be difficult to capture the essence of an assignment in objective and observable terms.

Collaborate NYC Conference

Reflections on OLC Collaborate NYC

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Liz Ciabocchi, Devon Cancilla, & Russell Poulin

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Liz Ciabocchi (Emcee and panel moderator) Earlier this week, I was fortunate to participate in the OLC Collaborate Conference in New York City, co-sponsored by the host institution, Berkeley College. As a member of the OLC Board of Directors, I Read More >

What is learner presence?

What about Learner Presence?

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Oliver Dreon, Ph.D.

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In science, researchers see theories and ideas as being tentative.  New information can be introduced that prompts reflection and re-examination.  For example, Copernicus’ work forced astronomers to re-evaluate whether the Earth was the center of the solar system and it Read More >

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Context Matters

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Oliver Dreon, Ph.D.

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If you’re a teacher, I’m sure you’ve had this experience. You teach a lesson with one group of students, and it works great. The students are motivated and engaged. The technology works correctly. The activities you planned all make sense Read More >

IMPLEMENTING OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Impacts of Open Educational Resources

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Oliver Dreon, Ph.D.

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Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been trumpeting the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) for years. For the most part, I promote OERs because they’re free for students and faculty to use. I work at a public Read More >