I just finished
MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for Higher Education
Authors: Li Yuan (CETIS), Stephen Powell (CETIS)
Date: March 2013
It got me to thinking about assessment in my own MOOC, #OOE13.
We won’t be doing much assessment of course. This is a learning opportunity not a for credit course. On the other hand the the original idea for the course is to find a way to deliver edtech integration content to the teachers in my school.
In that context there is a need for assessment. Not so much that we need to monitor our teachers, but the entire purpose of the professional development is to improve student education. That means improving teacher ability to implement the best tools.
So will we assign work to teachers? Will we collect homework? No, of course not. What we have done is to set up a teacher class in our learning management system. We will have some private discussions on the implications for our school. We also have an entire schedule set up for our teachers to meet as learning groups twice per semester. Finally, we have compensation set aside for teachers who do participate and create work in the OOE class.
What will our assessment be? For those who choose to apply for the compensation we will require something, just to prove that they didn’t log into an online session and then walk away from the computer. In general though the assessment will be the changes in teaching. The in-person discussions with the curriculum director and content teams. The changes noted by the principal during evaluations, (we will soon change the evaluation form to an updated model that reflects current best practices in education)
In general the assessment will not be of individual teachers, but of growth of the school.