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Learner Assessment

January 10, 2010

Learner Assessment

“How do we know they know?” is the question that determines the nature, scope, and value of learner assessment (Paloff & Pratt, 2009, p. 3). Assessment is central to defining and measuring the degree to which a learner achieves stated learning objectives. Any instructional methodology that includes appropriate assessment-based methodology utilizes constructive alignment, which as a fundamental principle of education, requires a good teaching system “to align teaching method and assessment to the learning activities stated in the objectives so that all aspects of the system are in accord in supporting appropriate student learning” (Biggs, 2003, p. 11). Assessment demands the alignment of teaching method and assessment to learning activities. Consequently, the instructor’s evaluation of learning activities will be a direct measure of the learner achieving stated learning objectives. Methods based on information communication technology (ICT) principles to evaluate learning activities are the focus of this video project and the answer to the question, “How do we know they know?”


The images below comprise my storyboard. I will be modifying it as I proceed in the various stages of the video project.


Biggs, J. (2003). Teaching for quality learning at university (2nd ed.). Buckingham: SRHE and the Open University Press.
Paloff, R. M. & Pratt, K. (2009). Assessing the online learner: Resources and strategies for faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

(David Abraham, Blog assignment for Module 3)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim Powell permalink
    January 11, 2010 6:51 pm

    Hi David (see, I got it right this time… sorry for the last comment where I called you by your last name). Your outline looks good, but I think it might have too many topics to cover in a single 5-minute video. Why not pick one these topics and explore it in more detail. Also, the assignment does call for a storyboard, which is a visual representation of the images that will make up the “shots” in your video. Now is the time to be gathering all of these images, so building the storyboard will be very helpful in completing your project on-time. Plus, it gives me a chance to make comments before you get too far down the line! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


    • edutechtalks permalink*
      January 11, 2010 11:44 pm

      Dr. Powell,
      Thank you for your feedback. The assignment called for a storyboard/outline. I am working on ideas for my visuals.
      Thank you

  2. Kimberly C Davis permalink
    January 16, 2010 10:48 pm

    Your storyboard is very detailed and I love the stick men! What ideas are you working of for your visuals and what software do you plan to use to bring your storyboard to life? Maybe you can shorten some of the audio and make it text on the screen, along with the images…similiar to the vodcast we watch and bulleted points come up between the video of the guy talking. Just a suggestion after reading about your storyboard contatining possibly too much information for five minutes.

  3. Tim Powell permalink
    January 18, 2010 2:14 pm

    Excellent work, David! Your storyboard tells the story and is very clear. You might be careful of flowcharts and tables. If you are only showing a flow rather than detail, it should be okay. Compressed videos make small text hard (or impossible) to read. I think you are well on your way!


    • edutechtalks permalink*
      January 18, 2010 2:47 pm

      Dr. Powell,

      Thank you for your feedback. I will contintue to refine my ideas as I begin shooting various scenes. I will tak your advice regarding textual details in compressed video.


  4. February 24, 2010 7:49 pm

    Hi David, you have very good video topics in your outline. You really show great aspects of online education and how we actually drive our lessons from learning objectives.

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