Thinking critically about assessing online learning

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Daniel C. Johnson, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Abstract: Despite the proliferation of technology designed to increase efficiency and connectivity, students’ understanding and comprehension of course content often lags behind the latest advances in e-learning. Critical thinking in the form of higher-order processes provides one way to improve the grasp students have on course content and related knowledge. In this session, the gap between assessment and learning is explored from a theoretical perspective in terms of Bloom’s “Cognitive Taxonomy” and other paradigms. Because “the test” frequently drives the curriculum, assessment of online learning is the focus of critical thinking in this session. Discussion topics include: reasons for assessment, formative vs. summative assessments, testing vs. measuring vs. assessing, and the practicality of assessments in online learning. With a focus on learning outcomes, this session explores curricular connections by thinking critically about content knowledge and assessment strategies. By shifting the focus from technology to thinking, the advantages of making meaningful connections are investigated in terms of innovative assessments. The theoretical basis for this session will include constructivism and reflective thinking as applied to an online learning environment. Participants are encouraged to apply critical thinking assessments to their own content areas.

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Johnson, D. C. (2008). Thinking critically about assessing online learning. The International Journal of Learning, 14(12), 125-130. Retrieved from Reproduction with permission from Common Ground.
Language: English
Date: 2008
Critical Thinking, Assessment, Online Learning
Critical thinking--Study and teaching (Higher)
Critical thinking--Problems, exercises, etc.
Web-based instruction--Evaluation

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