2009 Canadian e-Learning Conference Program

Life Can Get Easier

Session Title: Life Can Get Easier

Time & Date: 11:50 A.M. – 12:35 P.M., Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Location: Rm. 182, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC)

Session Description: The core of this presentation/discussion centers around the role of technology to facilitate student learning outcomes-based assessment. Mapping programs and related courses provide a basis for the development of scoring guides and rubrics used as tools for authentic assessment. These systems help us build in quality assurance and quality control to make changes to learning activities easier and hence respond in a more realistic and timely manner to working world demands.

As enrollment concerns arise and program viability becomes an issue, it becomes imperative that we design contextual learning environments, the results of which are applicable to the work world. Marketing of our efforts becomes greatly enhanced when our offerings are clearly stated and well illustrated providing a compelling reason to pursue a particular program. The most important outcome here is that students can clearly see what the expectations are and how they will be achieved and assessed. This sets the stage for when and how various assessment strategies can be applied —hence, assessment of learning outcomes.

Brent Lee, from Vancouver Island University, will show us how he worked with these tools in an ITAS program to develop interactive program and course maps within which he developed and used scoring guides and rubrics. He will also highlight some the challenges faced by his effort. Examples of maps and assessment tools are included in a website which the participants will be able to access after the session. Some time will be provided at the end for questions and answers.

Conference Stream: Learning & Teaching

Session Format: Collaboratory

Co-Presenter: Brent Lee

Co-Presenter Bio: A former graduate of VIU, Brent Lee is the face behind the interface of Moodle—VIU’s online platform. He also teaches in an applied computing program at the Nanaimo campus. Lee has been working for VIU for nearly seven years and is helping staff and students embrace the future of computer technology.

Co-Presenter: Les Lewchuk

Co-Presenter Bio: Les is co-author of The Outcomes Primer: Reconstructing the college curriculum 3rd edition, The MAPPING Primer: Tools for Reconstructing the College Curriculum and The ASSESSMENT Primer: Creating a Flow of Learning Evidence and has designed and developed outcomes-based learning environments using Moodle, WebCT and related systems.

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