6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference in Valencia, Spain

2012-03-06

HiST is represented by Ketil Arnesen and Tord Tallmo in the ongoing INTED conference in Spain. The general aim of the conference is to promote international collaboration in Education and Research in all educational fields and disciplines. The conference is attended by more than 700 delegates from 70 different countries.

HiST is going to present the lates R&D results from several fields, such as use of activity based training methods in language education, experiences with various ways of using response technology in education and training, use of new peer learning assessment systems for mobile devices, experiences with improvements in vocational education and training of plastic materials, and the status of the HiST Mobile initiative. 

Thew connecton between assessment and learning is one of the key tasks that Arnesen and Tallmo are going to report. Generally, the goal of assessments is to improve students learning, though the final output of the evaluation process is a grade that "measure" student’s individual learning and performance. Almost every student will once have experienced during their studies that grades are not always reliable measures of learning, even though attendance, participation and efforts are measured. As a consequence, assessments lead to exacerbate learning processes!  The mobile student evaluation system for Smartphone’s gives the teacher a new tool, allowing him/her to either give verification or elaborative feedback to individual students or groups of students immediately after a test. This is a key factor helping students to improve their skills by the use of active collaborative supported learning. Students will, when they still remember the questions in the test, learn why the correct answer is correct and why the other ones are incorrect. Thus, mobile technology provides new evaluation and testing criteria for education and training.

                                                               

The picture shows students working in a group solving a problem where the students have answered non uniformly.

In class communication, interaction and collaboration processes that may enhance effective Peer Learning processes, were students learn from their peers, are difficult to measure by use of existing ICT technologies. From a practical point of view, it is today challenging in most subjects to consider using assessment for learning as a training method. The reason is that students are unable to immediately verify their learning during tests/exams as feedback is published after several days or even weeks. This is in particular the case for learning skills in vocational education and training, and in higher education in Europe.

The KA 3 Done-IT project provides a mobile student evaluation system for Smartphone’s that gives the teacher a new tool, allowing him/her to either give verification or elaborative feedback to individual students or groups of students immediately after a test. This is a key factor helping students to improve their skills by the use of active collaborative supported learning. Students will, when they still remember the questions in the test, learn why the correct answer is correct and why the other ones are incorrect. Thus, mobile technology provides new evaluation and testing criteria for education and training.
05.03.2012

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