#PLENK2010 Assessment and Evaluation

I just managed to watch & listen to Elluminate Recording of Wednesday. I read Jenny’s post on evaluation and assessment, and would like to respond and reflect on it.

For me, assessment is relating to a collection of evidence which could be in form of portfolios, blogs & blog posts, forum postings, twitter postings, action projects, videos, podcasts, wikis, research projects, research papers, artifacts, etc. or in typical classroom/workplace learning – assignments, tests, examination, observation, questioning, tasks, projects, assessment activities etc.

Evaluation, however could be relating more to a product, service or process. Evaluation of a product or process – like an evaluation of the assessment tasks, courses, curriculum, through surveys, reviews, discourse, and in the case of PLENK, it could mean the evaluation of tools against set criteria by the learners, or the community in their effectiveness in achieving the learning goals set. Evaluation of support or service  could include that of evaluating the facilitation, teaching, moderation, and evaluation of the supporting service or tools could include that of evaluating the LMS, Moodle, RSS, Facebook, Twitter, blogging providers, wikis providers, connections, aggregators, ICT support etc.

So, evaluation of the effectiveness of the tools, service and support is quite different from the assessment of the learners (which is based on the collection of evidence).

We could recognize ones previous learning (i.e. recognition of prior learning) based on assessment – collection of evidence that prove ones achievement of the learning outcomes, and meeting of performance criteria as stipulated in the units of competency.

We could evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the recognition and or assessment process based on certain evaluation criteria – such as the auditing of the assessment process (based on checklists, how evidences are collected, how judgment is arrived, the appeal process, etc.), assessment validation meetings (between assessors), and the overall assessment reviews.

In the case of PLENK, the evaluation process could include whether the assessment process (for instance certain assessment tasks which relate to the creation of blogs and setting up of blog posts by participants, the comments made, the participation in blogs discussion, the participation in various media etc. as set forth or negotiated by participants, and the action learning and reflection which are evidenced in the blog posts.  These could also relate to the critical literacies which include syntax, semantics, pragmatic, and critical thinking as revealed in blog posts) have been achieved as “planned” either by the facilitators or by the participants, and that may take the form of a combination of self and or peer evaluation of the assessment process, and the review of the effectiveness of such learning tools in learning.

John

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