Achievement and outcomes

Improving Student Outcomes: The Role of Video

The use of video for educational purposes is exploding — from MOOCs to lecture capture tools — at the university level and in K-12 settings. A recently published case study from Kaltura, an open-source video platform provider mentioned in a recent Forbes.com post entitled “6 Fast-Growing Tech Companies1, describes how one instructor and his students are using the Kaltura platform to produce and share tutorials at The School of Physics at National University of Ireland – Galway (NUI). Dr. Oliver Ryan, a senior technical officer for the School of Physics, noticed that second-year Physics students were often Read More…


Aligning Objectives in Online Classes

Knowing what you want students to understand when they leave your course is great information to keep in mind, but how can you take your goals for learners and translate them into objectives that align with specific course activities and assessments? Even beyond that, how can you write those objectives so they encourage activities that promote active learning, engagement, and higher-order thinking skills? Share with us how you align your objectives in online courses with course activities in the comments section below. Watch and listen to The Instructor’s Perspective on Aligning Objectives in Online Classes, a narrated presentation by Read More…


Using Assessment to Manage Student Learning Outcomes

Guest Contributor Dr. Clayton Austin Mid-terms. Finals. Quizzes. Undoubtedly you — and your students — are all familiar with these assessments. But perhaps you’d like to gauge student progress toward outcomes before you see the results from a major test… and before it’s too late for a student to change direction. Below, we’ve re-published Dr. Clayton Austin’s article, in which he shares one of his methods for assessing his students’ progress prior to a big exam — and it takes less than five minutes!
What are your strategies for assessing student progress prior to a “big exam”? What have been Read More…