Monday, 4 February 2013

Getting started with objective tests in teaching - a 3.5 hour online course

I'm really pleased to announce the Elevate Team are rolling out our first online course, which is offered as an alternative to our face to face workshop, or our unstructured FAQs.

This course is based on our Getting Started with Objective Testing, and lasts approximately 3.5 hours, with a week to complete it. On successful completion we'll send you a Certificate of Attendance.

The rationale for the course is objective testing in LearnUCS (the quiz engine) is probably one of the most under utilised tools with the VLE, and it tends to be viewed as only useful for lower order learning skills. This course aims to challenge this perception as it is argued the tool offers significant benefits as a formative feedback tool.

For instance, in a recent review of the Viewpoints Curriculum Design Workshop produced at the University of Ulster, when reviewing the principles of good feedback section it made constant reference to using objective testing for both formative and summative assessments. There was also reference to more creative learning activities where students are required to create objective tests.

The rationale for this short, online course is there is interest and significant untapped potential for staff to use objective tests in their teaching, learning and assessment. This course will make you aware, update your skills and build confidence in using objective testing in your teaching.

What are the course dates?

The course will commence on the 11th Feb, and run until the 15th. You will probably spend about 3.5 hours on the tasks within the course.

How do you enrol?

We are approaching this differently to our usual model of embedding it with our LearnUCS. This course is actually hosted in CourseSites.Com, which is offered by Blackboard. This means you do not need to be a member of UCS to complete the course, or use a UCS login. We are hoping this will help those across the Learning Network and beyond.

To enrol, simply visit the following URL and follow the self enrolment option.

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