Demo of Online Evaluaton System for Smartphones at Online Educa 2012, Berlin

2011-10-29

Educational research shows that students learning is enhanced when they get (regularly) feedback to their own understanding of the subject. Many students consider lack of feedback as unproductive! Furthermore, educational research shows that tests and exams have litle effect or influence of students learning process. It is indeed a paradox that our educational system on the one hand is interested in students learning, while the educational system at the same time frequently uses the less effective feedbackmechanism which a test is.

The KA3-ICT project Done-IT (2011-2012) addresses the possibillity of changeing the test context, from the current mode where it is often synonumous to measureing the students performance, into creating a learning situation where students learn from the errors they have just done.

Sør-Trøndelag University College (HiST), Trondheim, Norway, is going to demonstrate the prototype of the Done-IT assessment method, and the assessment services that utilize students own Smartphones, during the demonstrating session at Online Educa 2011. This will be provided during the afternoon session DEM05, December 1st, 14.30 - 17.30.

The new services are going to provide automatic marking of students tests, including an evaluation of their score. Furthermore, at the same time the services will provide immediate feedback to students performance, and indeed localize the areas where they have problems in such a way that the teacher in an easy and fast way may provide dedicated feedback to the class - when the problem it is still fresh in their memory.

Thus, the assement services have been designed in such a way that the test results from a class (a test or an exam) may be turned into an active, creative and collaborative learning process by use of immediate feedback. This includes use of verificaton based feedback, as is widely used today, and elaborative feedback discussions, which are not widely used today. The later approach may utlize mechanisms like

  • indept explanations from the teacher
  • on the fly informal student collaboration in groups
  • in class discussions and/or debate
  • inclusions of hints, and solving the tasks once more by instance using peer instruction and online Student Response Systems (SRS) for Smartphones

Information about the Done-It project is available at histproject.no.

The prototype of the online SRS, which was developed in the KA3-ICT EduMecca project (2009-2010), may be downloaded for free usage from histproject.no.

 

SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.