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Locus of Control

  Locus of Control: Internal v. External Locus of Control (LOC) refers to an individual’s tendency to attribute event causality internally or externally.  An individual with an internal LOC believes their actions and behaviors have a direct impact on their lives, the events that occur in their lives, and their future.  Good things happen because … Continue reading

Male and Female Leadership

  Female Leader Two effective leadership characteristics evidenced by my female leader are strong interpersonal skills and goal-oriented.  These characteristics are important for effective leadership in general and not dependent upon gender.  According to Eagly (2007) the most effective leadership styles are transformational and transactional (contingent rewarding).  Further, Eagly and Chin (2010) note that women … Continue reading

Learning Online

As an adult with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), many of this week’s learning strategies (planning, time management, and organization) have been a fundamental part of my life. My ADHD was diagnosed at a time that medication was still relatively new, and cognitive and/or behavioral adaptations newer still. As a result, other than for a … Continue reading

Evaluating Assessments to Improve Learning

Following a unit of instruction, an instructor decided to give a quick review quiz to determine if the participants were ready to move on to additional content. The quiz had 10 multiple choice questions. Each question offered four possible options for the answer. After scoring the quizzes, the instructor noticed unusual trends in participants’ responses … Continue reading

Assessing Collaborative Work

Advantages and Disadvantages of assessing online collaborative work Instructor Perspective Advantages The advantages for the instructor are similar in nature to those of performance assessments.  The very nature of the discussion forums and collaborative ongoing conversations creates participatory meaningful conversation and engages critical thinking in the cohorts, and sometimes the instructor as well.  Another advantage … Continue reading

Taking a Closer Look at Performance Assessments

Questions for consideration Instructor’s Perspective: What are some of the benefits of developing, implementing, and scoring performance assessments? Instructor’s Perspective: What are some of the challenges an instructor or instructional designer might face when creating a performance assessment for an online environment? Learner’s Perspective: What are some of the benefits of performance assessments? Learner’s perspective: What are some of … Continue reading

Breathing New Life Into Written Assessments

Questions for consideration How has technology changed the development, implementation, and administration of written assessments? How does technology and the online environment increase the effectiveness and validity of the written assessment format? What role should written assessments play in the online environment? Instructor Perspective The course text highlights both the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing … Continue reading

Making Feedback Work Better for the Learner

Draper’s Six-Way Feedback Ambiguity Draper takes the following position regarding feedback: “The perspective adopted here is that an agent attempts to self-regulate the value of variables of various kinds by comparing information (‘ feedback’) from external events to the desired goals, and acting to reduce the difference: each of these constitutes a self-regulatory loop of … Continue reading

Cheating and the Online Environment

Is it easier to cheat in an online environment than in a face-to-face learning environment? Whether or not it is easier to cheat in an online environment versus face-to-face depends greatly on several factors such as success, aptitude, attitude, and access. Level of success – If easier is associated with getting away with the behavior, and then it … Continue reading

Baking the Perfect Assessment

Context. Students in an online cooking class spent a week of their course reading about how to make several kinds of cookies, including cookies that are dropped onto a baking sheet, cookies that are rolled and cut out, and cookies that are not cooked at all. Objective. The student will be able to accurately, completely, … Continue reading