Activities, assignments and assessment

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Here you will find people describing their ideas for learning activities, assignments and assessment methods. Most of what you see was generated at the Open Conference on Activities, Assignments and Assessment (AAAOpenConf2013). At that event, people gave 10 minute presentations with 250 word summaries, and the audience took notes from the presentation to create the pages you see below. Our goal is to continually add to and improve these pages. We're building them up to have a short video, a concise text, and links to examples.

Our definitions[edit]

Activities are the work people do, and the events they attend, in the conduct of their studies. A lecture is an activity, as is a tutorial, but here we extend on those traditional activities, looking for creative and alternative variations.

Assignments are the substantive works that people are asked to do in order to generate evidence for an assessment of their learning. An essay is an assignment, as is a group presentation, a poster or a lab report. But taking the principle of "activity and assignments that benefit public information" we are extending the assignment idea, to engage with public information projects.

Assessment are the methods for establishing if someone has achieved a learning outcome, satisfied a criteria, or is on their way toward an objective. A typical assessment method used in large groups is the exam. Other methods include a marking schedule used to assess an essay to certain criteria. We're looking for assessment methods that reduce workloads and/or add value to work already being done.


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