Numbers show us achievements, accomplishment and mastery. It’s a digital story. All the images you see digitally are made up of 1 and 0. They’re a binary code that show images, pictures and tell a story. These numbers tell us our accomplishment, let us know when we succeed and they also challenge us!
Educators and students spend a lot of our time generating, reviewing, and sharing data with our students and colleagues. What story does this data tell us? More importantly how can it be harnessed to help students succeed? The newly formed group would like to invite all who are interested to sign up for our proposed Assessment and Analytics group at http://bit.ly/14J8A8U . The group is currently in the process of becoming a special interest group with the eLearning Consortium of Colorado.
The purpose of this special interest group is to investigate, apply and disseminate information as it relates to the topic of assessment and analytics. The group will concentrate on leveraging the use of technology for employing alternative ways to assess strategies, instruction, and programs. Accountability requirements tend to focus on traditional, standardized measures; however, this group will focus on multiple, alternative forms of assessment and analysis that provide evidence of effectiveness as well as providing a comfort with the use of these measures for accountability purposes. This SIG proposes to identify methods for assessing deeper learning including problem solving, communication, and collaboration as well as broader assessment of programs designed to make changes in educator practice and student achievement.
The group’s premise is that assessment can and should be more than a singular standardized test. The group will investigate the use of multiple methods of assessment as well as the use of analytics for valid and reliable analysis of data. Members will investigate ways to incorporate assessment and analytics in their daily practice to inform their instruction. A major component of this group will be to disseminate to the wider ISTE and global audience via synchronous and asynchronous methods including but not limited to websites, social networking, video streaming and regularly scheduled online events.
Potential areas for study will include but not be limited to:
• Game mechanics including leader-boarding, leveling and badging • The use of analytics and data visualization • Measurement of Mastery • Varied types of Assessment • Assessment tools for both traditional and online learning • Data presentation architecture • Measurement vs. Completion of Assignments/ Achievements • Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics • Benefits of Real-Time Feedback vs. Standardized Scale Scores