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A Few Questions We're No Longer Asking About Assessment : The Assessment Landscape And Possible Futures, Todd Lundberg, Gary R. Brown, Robin Jeffers May 2011

A Few Questions We're No Longer Asking About Assessment : The Assessment Landscape And Possible Futures, Todd Lundberg, Gary R. Brown, Robin Jeffers

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This presentation addresses the current assessment landscape, possible and quickly emerging futures. Presenters, all experienced assessment designers/practitioners, address the topic from a 4-year/national, a 2-year/Washington state, and an educational policy perspective. To guide the conversation, presenters pose "what if" questions based on the changing needs of students and current research into effective pedagogies.


Compared To What? Reconsidering Assessment In Higher Education, Gary R. Brown Jan 2011

Compared To What? Reconsidering Assessment In Higher Education, Gary R. Brown

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There is, as Peter Ewell has recently observed, a tension between accountability and improvement. Batson elaborates, noting the parallel realization is dawning that tracking student outcomes toward learning goals, while a useful and necessary exercise, does not yield as much value as we had thought. Batson argues that developing an accountability system has provided rewards to faculty and student painfully insufficient to warrant the work such development requires. Batson argues that ePortfolios provide a rich alternative. This presentation will demonstrate with real student ePortfolio case studies nested within the context of organizational ePortfolio to provide an example that suggests Batson ...


Assessment Alchemy: Transforming Data Into Action--Why It Is Mostly Myth And What To Do About It, Gary R. Brown Jan 2011

Assessment Alchemy: Transforming Data Into Action--Why It Is Mostly Myth And What To Do About It, Gary R. Brown

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There is evidence that institutions and faculty are doing more to assess their programs and their innovations. But subsequent evidence that assessment and research are useful for guiding productive changes in teaching practice and that they improve the student learning experience remains elusive. This presentation will share the story of several different studies that have produced little impact on practice despite substantial or significant results. In comparison, a few (sometimes small) studies have offered insights and avenues that have demonstrated an impact, though not necessarily in ways we might expect. This session will explore conditions and strategies that can make ...


Eportfolios, The Harvesting Gradebook, Accountability, And Community, Gary R. Brown, Nils Peterson, Meriem Chida, Theron Desrosier Feb 2009

Eportfolios, The Harvesting Gradebook, Accountability, And Community, Gary R. Brown, Nils Peterson, Meriem Chida, Theron Desrosier

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Article discusses a project at Washington State University that engaged students in projects that combined a portfolio approach with emerging technologies, as well as involvement with professionals from outside the campus community. The article discusses the results, impact and implications of this experiment for learning and assessment in the university environment.


Assessment Issues Direct, Indirect, And Assessment Utility, Gary R. Brown Jan 2009

Assessment Issues Direct, Indirect, And Assessment Utility, Gary R. Brown

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A National University Telecommunications Network webinar presented at the Ohio Learning Network, Central Ohio Regional Center Winter Learning Institute on Jan. 26, 2009. Focuses on assessment, measures to consider, and curriculum review. Discusses improving learning competencies and providing learning experiences that foster the development of critical learning skills. Attempts to answer the question "Does the measure guide improvement?"


The Lms Mirror: School As We Know It Versus School As We Need It And The Triumph Of The Custodial Class, Gary R. Brown, Nils Peterson Jun 2008

The Lms Mirror: School As We Know It Versus School As We Need It And The Triumph Of The Custodial Class, Gary R. Brown, Nils Peterson

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In the context of the future of learning management systems, this paper examines the concept and perception of a learning environment from the classroom to the internet and their relationship to perceptions of teaching and learning. Examples and research, including an example of an activist Web 2.0 prosocial effort, are used to demonstrate the distinction between the current state of teaching and learning, and an emerging model and vision. The implications for necessary future directions to mediate the contrast are discussed.


Out Of The Classroom And Beyond, Gary R. Brown, Nils Peterson, Adrian Wilson, Jim Ptaszynski Jan 2008

Out Of The Classroom And Beyond, Gary R. Brown, Nils Peterson, Adrian Wilson, Jim Ptaszynski

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E-portfolios that function as collaborative, personalized learning spaces rather than just showcases offer a means of assessment that can support generative learning and build the skills essential for 21st century students. Gary Brown, Nils Peterson, Adrian Wilson, and Jim Ptaszynski identify the challenges and discuss some lessons learned in the Washington State University effort to adopt an e-portfolio program based on Microsoft® Office SharePoint Server 2007. The emerging technology supporting e-portfolios and personal learning environments present opportunities to engage students and external stakeholders more fully by making learning visible.


Piloting A Program-Level Learning Assessment Plan In Plant And Soil Science, Teresa Cerny-Koenig, Catherine A. Perillo, Caroline Pearson-Mims, Kathleen M. Williams, Gary R. Brown, Andrew Morozov, William L. Pan, William E. Hendrix Sep 2007

Piloting A Program-Level Learning Assessment Plan In Plant And Soil Science, Teresa Cerny-Koenig, Catherine A. Perillo, Caroline Pearson-Mims, Kathleen M. Williams, Gary R. Brown, Andrew Morozov, William L. Pan, William E. Hendrix

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Faculty of Washington State University's undergraduate degree programs in Crop Science, Soil Science, and Horticulture initiated the development and implementation of an assessment process to gauge the extent to which WSU students in the plant and soil science programs meet university and program learning goals. This process was undertaken primarily to help improve our joint teaching efforts and students' learning; it also was encouraged by the needed documentation for the 2007 university accreditation and a need to better match our program learning goals with the University's newly developed Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate. The new program-level assessment plan ...


Developing Students' Critical Thinking Skills, Gary R. Brown Jan 2007

Developing Students' Critical Thinking Skills, Gary R. Brown

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A presentation delivered at the University of Texas at Arlington, focusing on critical thinking and its implications for practice: assignments, facilitation, and involving students.


Out Of The Cabbage Patch, Gary R. Brown Jan 2007

Out Of The Cabbage Patch, Gary R. Brown

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It is not a secret to readers of EDUCAUSE Review that the challenge of curricular relevance and student engagement in higher education is a national concern. One aspect of this challenge is that students' social networking and technology proclivities are rarely met by conventional curricula and pedagogies. Educators have much to lose if we fail to transform current practice. Just how much we have to lose was profoundly illustrated to me on a recent trip I took to Malawi, Africa, where a group of educators and an affiliate non-governmental organization (NGO) have been working to expand opportunities for Washington State ...


Association Of Course Performance With Student Beliefs: An Analysis By Gender And Instructional Software Environment, J. Richard Alldredge, Gary R. Brown May 2006

Association Of Course Performance With Student Beliefs: An Analysis By Gender And Instructional Software Environment, J. Richard Alldredge, Gary R. Brown

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The effect of educational technologies on learning is an area of active interest. We conducted an experiment to compare the impact of instructional software on student performance. We hypothesize that some of the impact on student performance may reflect the influence of the technology on student subject-related beliefs and that those beliefs may differ by gender. We desired to assess how course performance may be associated with student beliefs, and how the association may differ depending on instructional software environment and gender.


Online Student Evaluations And Response Rates Reconsidered, Joan Anderson, Gary R. Brown, Stephen Spaeth Jan 2006

Online Student Evaluations And Response Rates Reconsidered, Joan Anderson, Gary R. Brown, Stephen Spaeth

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In what follows we provide an overview of the reasons why the evaluation process has failed to elicit sufficient involvement from students and instructors as well as the ways in which an online format can help address these problems. We then offer the results of an ad hoc study in which student response rates to an online evaluation tool were measured and assessed at a particular institution in order to determine the factors that influence participation, engagement, and perceived relevance.


Formal Course Design And The Student Learning Experience, Gary R. Brown, Carrie B. Myers, Sharon E. Roy Sep 2003

Formal Course Design And The Student Learning Experience, Gary R. Brown, Carrie B. Myers, Sharon E. Roy

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What impact does collaboration between faculty and professional course designers have on the student learning experience? As the use of technologies increases, educational institutions have to find ways of identifying and addressing expectations about how technologies can best be incorporated into the teaching and learning experiences. This paper reports on efforts at Washington State University to develop and assess the course design and faculty development process and the impact the process has on student learning experiences. The results of a comprehensive set of faculty and student surveys from five groups suggest that the systematic course design process improves students' opportunities ...


The Support Service Crisis: A Misnomer, Gary R. Brown Mar 2001

The Support Service Crisis: A Misnomer, Gary R. Brown

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Discussion of issues related to perceptions of technology support in education by faculty and administrators. The article focuses on research and studies by Gilbert, Wharton, Edutech and Educause.


Teaching Online: Now We're Talking, Gary R. Brown, Lisa Johnson-Shull May 2000

Teaching Online: Now We're Talking, Gary R. Brown, Lisa Johnson-Shull

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A critical review of current literature related to online learning and teaching, with particular focus on the strengths and weaknesses of academic research into the topic.


Where Do We Go From Here?, Gary R. Brown Jan 2000

Where Do We Go From Here?, Gary R. Brown

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Review of recent articles that appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, related to technology and its impacts on changes in education.


The Difference Frenzy And Matching Buckshot With Buckshot, Gary R. Brown, Mary Wack May 1999

The Difference Frenzy And Matching Buckshot With Buckshot, Gary R. Brown, Mary Wack

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A critical review of "The Difference Frenzy," a review of research on the effectiveness of distance learning in higher education from the Institute for Higher Education Policy.


Online Collaboration And Implications For Learning And Society, Gary R. Brown, Mary Wack Apr 1999

Online Collaboration And Implications For Learning And Society, Gary R. Brown, Mary Wack

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A review od current literature related to online learning, collaboration, and its larger impacts for society.


Digital Diploma Mills Or Socratic Gymnasium? The Future Of The University, Gary R. Brown, Mary Wack Mar 1999

Digital Diploma Mills Or Socratic Gymnasium? The Future Of The University, Gary R. Brown, Mary Wack

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Review of current literature on challenges to traditional higher education, focusing specifically on "Digital diploma mills or Socratic gymansium?" by David Noble.