Monday, March 23, 2015

Assessment AS Learning Conversations

We want to thank everyone for the amazing #plearnchat about Assessment AS Learning on Monday, March 23rd. It started out with selfies with their intros from a few daring souls. Then with each question, more people jumped in and responded, retweeted, and favorited each others tweet. We didn't want it to end. We used the Q1, A1 format so check the archive at the bottom for the conversations.

Assessment as learning is where learners monitor their progress and reflect on their own learning. It is based on research about how learning happens and is characterized by monitoring their progress and making adjustments to their learning as they learn so they achieve deeper understanding. In the world of standardized tests and teacher-directed environments, teachers tend to be accountable for all the learning, not the learners. When you move to assessment as learning, the types of assessments change. Learners are not only more responsible for their learning, they are more accountable as they monitor and reflect on their progress. This is what personalizing learning is all about. It is about meta-learning and learning about learning. In 2015, you will see assessment changing and assessments adopted as learning strategies.  Assessment AS Learning is #8 on our 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015.

We would like to congratulate David Buck who won our book, Make Learning Personal.

David Buck is an Associate Professor of English at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, teaching composition and literature. From 2010-2014, he served as Director of eLearning. His interests include educational technology, online pedagogy, professional development, and open educational resources.

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