PIDP 3230 Evaluation of Learning

What I thought was going to be somewhat mundane and certainly dry seems to have piqued my interest.  The terminology used can be a bit tricky and it reminded me of the shift in thinking I had to do when I took a Sociology course.  Some of the terms used in Sociology did not migrate over to the disciplines in Psychology that I was familiar with so that was quite confusing.  In the case of my current course, there is a glossary of terms provided for things like “items”.   This is not something you have on a shopping list, rather it refers to the individual elements within a test or evaluation document such as multiple choice questions, short answer essay questions etc.  Each of these is considered an “item”.

All of the components of this course weave together to provide the instructor with a reliable and valid evaluation process and gives the student feedback on their learning that reflecMUDDIEST POINT 1ts the progress they have made in their studies (or not).  There are two text books for this course – “The Art of Evaluation” and “Classroom Assessment Techniques”.  They nicely compliment each other.  The Classroom Assessment Techniques book has a plethora of assessment techniques that can be applied to a variety of situations.  I will be tasked with production of yet another video, in this case it will be on a the use of one of the  “CATs” in the book.  Need to mull that one over.  I did a video on “the Muddiest Point” for my professional practice course — so will need to dig into another one 🙂



Finished Media Enhanced Learning

Good course – and finished my final video.  I decided to showcase the making of Banana Bread.  I wanted to incorporate the challenge of making something with a specific sequence of activity along with the technical challenge of “show and tell” video — rather than something that was primarily a slide show with narrative.

Have a look:

Banana Bread

Greatest challenge I had in this course (although this may not seem significant to some folks) was trying to get a handle on the use of twitter — with a few bumps along the way.  Should post a web cam of a birds nest with hatchlings to symbolize my newbie status on twitter!