Posted by: Brynna Kaulback | November 10, 2011

Assessment and Accreditation

Posted Oct 27, 2011

After writing about David Wiley’s presentation (Oct 13) in which he said that assessment is the one area related to open access where not much work has been done, I have been inundated with people speaking and writing on the issue of assessment. In the Online Teaching and Learning Conference last week (Sponsored by Fielding Graduate University, Jossey-Bass, and LearningTimes, I participated (heard) a webinar on accreditation of online learning (not exactly emergent, open, but related). Another webinar by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt on assessment included information about authentic assessment which asks students to perform in real life situations about which they are learning and usually includes rubrics. And I came across several articles as well, which I didn’t track, since it isn’t a subject I am overly interested in. But when Rory McGreal presented this week on Assessment and Accreditaton, I couldn’t help but notice how much attention is being paid to this topic in general, contrary to what David Wiley had noted (although Wiley was particularly speaking about open education, so maybe it is more true in that context.

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