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Incorporating Critical Thinking into Assessment of Online Learning. Gary Ury Connie Ury Patricia Wyatt Northwest Missouri State University. Purposes of Assessment . Provide immediate feedback Help students apply what they have learned Are the same for both on-ground and online learning.

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Incorporating Critical Thinking into Assessment of Online Learning

Gary Ury

Connie Ury

Patricia Wyatt

Northwest Missouri State University


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Purposes of Assessment Learning

  • Provide immediate feedback

  • Help students apply what they have learned

  • Are the same for both on-ground and online learning


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Classroom of the 21 Learningst Century

  • Electronic delivery of content for both on-ground and online classes

  • Interaction w/ other students & faculty occurs outside the classroom


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Engaging the Online Learner Learning

  • Why engage students in both visual & auditory ways?

    • Verbal teaching--20% retention after 72 hrs.

    • Demonstration--20% retention after 72 hrs.

    • Telling & showing--65% retention after 72 hrs.

      (Weiss McGrath Report qtd. in Bernstein, 2002)


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Online Courseware Provides Learning

  • Multiple choice and true/false tests

  • Randomized tests

  • Narrated lectures & presentations

  • Written material

  • Learning objects

  • Threaded discussions & chat

  • Group areas for team & group sharing


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Online Instruction Often Lacks Learning

  • Aha! moments

  • Peer to peer interaction

  • Faculty to student interaction—”It’s Up to Them Syndrome”


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Using Computers Model Learning

  • Interactive tutorial

  • Web page w/ examples

  • Online audio/video lectures

  • Threaded discussion

  • Complete a scoring guide as a group

  • Peer evaluation


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Success Online Learning

  • Answers to the scoring guide more complete than oral reports

  • Evaluation of other group’s work showed growth


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Management Information Systems Learning

  • Research component (article review)

  • Discussion required after each unit

  • Case based projects required on timeline

  • On-line exams with time limits

    • Open book, Open note

    • Some true/false & multiple choice

    • Substantial points in essay components

  • Graduate version includes detailed case analysis with peer assessment components.



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Programming Courses Learning

  • Project oriented (May receive partially completed program to modify)

  • Book selection is extremely important

    • Tutorial based books work best

    • Supplement text with additional examples

  • Monitor for student questions and frustrations

  • Have other students review, grade, and fix cod--then submit to instructor for approval and posting.




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Time remaining Learning


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Challenges Learning

  • Some students failed to participate

  • Directions must be foolproof

  • Time spent explaining assignment

  • Time spent monitoring threaded discussion

  • Need to download, grade, & upload scoring guides

  • Need for students to learn special tools to participate (Winzip, courseware, files)


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