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Testing – Asking the Right Questions

The huge enrollments in massive open courses requires automation of as many aspects of the teaching process as possible, which is why machine-scored testing will likely be part of the MOOC “package,” even if what the machine can score becomes more sophisticated over the coming months and years. But since the one thing we can […]

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Testing – Best Practices

Most test development begins and ends with the writing of test questions. For instance, a teacher preparing a quiz or exam for his or her students usually starts not from the type of statistically validated test plan described in the previous post (the type of test plan created to drive development of a content-valid standardized […]

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Testing – Plan Ahead

Over the next few of days, I’m going to see how far we can get covering the entire professional test development process and showing how these steps can inform the creation of more accurate and challenging assessments for MOOCs and similar high-scale learning programs.  Those interested in more in-depth coverage of this subject can check […]

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Between Two Worlds – MOOCs and Assessment

Questions regarding what role MOOCs and other free learning resources will play in the wider educational universe may ultimately come down not to how well they teach but how well they can prove what students have learned. And the way learning has traditionally been proven is through graded assignments that I’ll be lumping together under […]

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MOOC Components – Assessment

Assessment is such an important topic with regard to MOOCs and other new learning models that I plan to devote a week to the subject in April.  But for now, I’d like to provide an argument why testing is both the greatest vulnerability for moving MOOCs forward, as well as the ripest area for innovation […]

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