Student Self-Assessment and Reflective Learning Through the use of ePortfolios

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on February 6, 2017 - 12:20pm

The use of portfolios are increasingly being used as a way to allow students to creatively reflect their learning journeys. Electronic portfolios (eportfolios) form a digital collection of a student's work, reflections, and evidence of development. The creation of eportfolios help to foster digital and social media literacies; content management, curation, and organization practices; and networking practices.  At the same time, these portfolios can also allow students to carve out a place on the web that they truly own.

Students Co-Creating Course Content and Evaluating Own Learning

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on February 6, 2017 - 12:15pm

Emerging technologies offer new ways to conceptualize teaching and learning practices by inviting further opportunities for the personalization of inquiry-driven learning, fostering student creativity, and promoting student engagement. This session will explore ways in which you might engage students in co-creating knowledge and resources, engaging students in more openly visible learning experiences for review by their peers or the community at large. 

Best Practices for Using VIULearn’s Quizzes

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on February 1, 2017 - 1:40pm

The quiz tool is the most powerful tool in VIULearn. It has many customizable settings and options. This session will explore best practices for setting up and using the quiz tool from creating questions to launching and grading the quiz. This session will provide an overview of the quiz settings and what the quiz tool can do for your classes. Please note: This is not a step-by-step session in creating a quiz, but we’d be happy to book an appointment after this session to customize a 1:1 session for you.

Assessing Outside the Box: Creative Uses of VIULearn Technology Tools

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on January 27, 2017 - 10:39am

Are you wanting to consider online assessment options of student learning - other than papers and online quizzes? This session will explore some different ways you can use familiar VIULearn learning technology tools to assess your students. We will share a few examples of what other faculty members are already doing and invite you to share some of your creative ideas too!

Audience | VIU Campus Community

Date | Wednesday, February 8

More Feedback in Less Time - Using Rubrics in VIULearn

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on January 16, 2017 - 1:29pm

Detailed feedback helps students self-assess their work more accurately and improve their learning. However giving detailed feedback can be very time consuming. This session will look at some of the ways you can use the rubrics tool in VIULearn to provide your students with meaningful feedback while simplifying your grading process. We will discuss how to create and use rubrics, and what tools within VIULearn work best with rubrics.

Audience | VIU Campus Community

Design Writing Assignments that You Actually Want to Read!

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on January 13, 2017 - 10:21am

We all recognize the importance of improving our students’ writing, but it can be hard to focus on this goal when they seem to lack so many of the basic skills required to produce university-level work. The good news is that a more strategic approach to assignment design can produce a workable plan that improves student writing without sacrificing your sanity. This short workshop will focus on how to frame assignments for the kinds of thinking you want your students to be doing—and for the kind of marking you’ll find less of a chore.

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