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BC: For more information or to create your own version of these tools visit OurStory www.ourstory.com Calendar Builder www.rkssoftware.com/calendarbuilder/overview.html Exam Builder www.exambuilder.com Wikipedia http://www.wikipedia.org

FC: Assessment Toolbox | Authors: Paula Collins, Jennifer Hendryx, McKenzie Robertson, & Kathy Gates

1: This is a collaborative project completed for Assessment in E-Learning through the University of Wisconsin - Stout. Assessment in E-Learning is one course in the E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate program. For more information about the program go to www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/ elearningcertificate.html

2: There are a myriad of tools available to the online course developer. From quiz and test builders and reflective assessment tools to peer-to-peer collaborations softwares and course tracking applications, the tools you need are available if you know where to look. In the following pages we will be taking a look at an example of each of these categories of online tools. The first one is Exam Builder, which allows learners to take exams online. The second tools is Our Story, which combines timelines, blogging and collaboration. Next we will look at wikis, which are a compilation of web pages that the average user can create. The last example is Calendar Builder, an application which allows the user to create personalized calendars. | Introduction

3: Chapter 1: Test and Quiz Builder | Paula Collins | Image provided by www.exambuilder.com/overview.htm

4: Exam Builder | ExamBuilder is a web-based testing software that allows learners to take exams online. Trainers and educators can easily create and upload exams with a web browser. ExamBuilder is not a stand-alone software but instead is hosted on ExamBuilder’s server in Dallas, Texas. Users do not have to worry about security issues such as fire walls or anti-virus programs or patches. In addition, the company maintains that “ExamBuilder keeps all individual member information, including e-mail addresses and the exam results of its customers, completely private”. ExamBuilder is well suited for use in classroom learning, distance education, continuing education programs, and business and industry. Exams are not created from Test Banks but instead can be created from education or industry-specific content. Students can be grouped to take exams or scheduled

5: individually. It is a popular tool for training and development programs to keep track of exams used for certification training. ExamBuilder is also used for assessing specific skill level deficiencies in technology training and to identify "knowledge gaps or strengths in students populations" (ExamBuilder.com). ExamBuilder may be customized so that exam questions are delivered in random order and multiple choice answers are scrambled. Further customization after exams include: showing students incorrect answers, rescheduling a make-up exam, and including feedback from the instructor. Because of the web-based nature of this software, images or charts and graphs can be uploaded and used to illustrate exam questions.

6: The major strength of this software is in its reporting features. Learner scores can be sorted and results can be viewed in graph form. ExamBuilder can also be used as a grade book with scores being exported to Excel or saved as pdf files. One weakness may be seen in the pricing structure. There is a license fee to use ExamBuilder based on the number of students, starting with 25 students and up. Even though there is no charge to create or take exams, according to the ExamBuilder website “Pricing is based on the number of unique students peryear who will be taking exams…The term of the license is 1 year”. An additional concern is that the license fee is non-transferable.

7: I envision this software being used very effectively for training programs especially for keeping track of certified education units (CEU’s) for professional development or Continuing Education programs. It also has great potential for use in online courses to assess learner comfort or skill levels in a variety of academic areas.

8: Learning objectives connected to the use of the assessment tool: 1. Students will identify 2-3 learning activities where technology enhances student participation using ExamBuilder matching quiz. 2. Students will demonstrate their understanding of team building strategies by scoring 90% accuracy on ExamBuilder multiple choice exam. 3. Students will rate their basic knowledge of quality control measures by completing the ExamBuilder

9: Chapter 2: Reflective Assessment | Jennifer Hendryx | Image provided by http://jlhendryx.blogspot.com/

10: OurStory is a free tool that combines timelines, blogging, and collaboration. This program utilizes words, pictures, and videos to tell a chronological story. With this web application, an interactive timeline can be created to document people, places, and events of interest. In addition to the interactive timeline there is a blogging feature that automatically translates your stories into a blog format. Much like other blogs, people can post comments regarding each posting via a guestbook. There are several features built into this application such as collaboration, privacy filter, and, prebuilt questions, blog or webpage embedding, and much more. To collaborate with others, the creator simply needs to send an e-mail to invite fellow contributors to the project. It appears as though the invitee needs to sign up and then they will be automatically connected | OurStory

11: to the original creator’s OurStory. The program also contains a privacy filter that can be set up for each and every “story” individually. This allows only those stories that you want publicly viewable to be publicly viewable. Another great feature is prebuilt question sets that can be used. These question sets include my story, family story, baby story, life story, love story, group story, travel story, remover when, and timeless. The last major feature is the ability to embed the timeline into an existing blog, social networking site, or web pages. There are several weaknesses or challenges with this web application, especially the free version. The free version does not have spell check and you need to know HTML to do formatting and hyperlinks. In addition, there is a bit of a learning curve on how to do simple tasks such as deleting a story from the timeline.

12: I could see this application used for educational purposes such as biographies, autobiographies, timeline of historical events, Flat Stanley stories, penpal programs, or longitudinal scientific experiments. This would also be a great tool for personal stories such as the birth and life of a child, family genealogy, and wedding stories. Learning objectives: 1. Students will compile a biographical timeline of one United States President using OurStory 2. Students will construct an autobiography timeline using OurStory 3. Students will compare growth rate of various plants using OurStory

13: Chapter 3: Peer-to-Peer Collaboration | McKenzie Robertson | Image provided by www.tasi.ac.uk/images/wiki01.png

14: A Wiki is simply a compilation of web pages. These web pages can be altered by anyone who accesses the Wiki. The benefit of a Wiki is that it can be used as a peer-to-peer collaboration tool. Wikis are easy to use and because they are designed to be altered, and information is often up to date while it is in use. Since multiple people are the authors of a Wiki page, it promotes community. In fact, the very life of a Wiki is dependant on collaboration. This collaboration may be for the sake of discussion, research, content management, or anything else that involves ideas. It is asynchronous, so it can be accessed at anytime. There are some weaknesses and limitations that the Wiki faces as a tool. First of all, because | Wiki

15: anyone can alter it, it is possible that what is being published is not the most accurate information. Also, there are people who may choose to post something inappropriate. It would be difficult to stop someone from doing that if they wanted to. Also, the Wiki is a very simple design. While it is very straightforward, it lacks the asthetic quality of other peer-to-peer collaboration tools. A Wiki is written in basic markup language, and not everyone understands how to use it. There are a variety of ways in which a Wiki can be used in the online classroom. Often in the online class setting, a midterm project is assigned. Perhaps a midterm group is given an idea for a group research project. The group may use a Wiki to post their ideas, thoughts, or steps that they may take.

16: Learning Objectives: 1. A classroom compiles of list of steps explaining how to get an "A " in social studies on a Wiki. 2. Students will collect ideas about an upcoming collaborative research project and post them to a Wiki. 3. Students will discuss an article read in class and analyze key points using a Wiki.

17: Chapter 4: Course Tracking | Kathy Gates | Image provided by Kathy Gates through Calendar Builder

18: Calendar Builder is a tool that gives the user the ability to crate numerous personalized calendars in a variety of fomats. The program uses a traditional calendar format, but allows the user to adapt it as necessary, including embedded graphics, labels and pictures to help the reader understand the calendar. It is a highly intuitive program with few challenges to most users. Several of the features built into this application allow the end user to easily create a quality finished product. There is a library of icons, labels, and clip art ready to be used. Also available are a Rich Text feature and a Super Text feature to create text with special effects to emphasize an entry. I found inserting the nd a Super Text feature to create text with special effects to emphasize an entry. I found inserting thegraphics or text very intuitive to a new user and the end results were fantastic, especially | Calendar Builder

19: in regards to other calendar software programs I have used. Two unique features to this application are the Floating Calendar feature and the Call Out Item option. The Floating Calendar feature allows the user to create a mini calendar to be placed anywhere on the page. It can be for any year and month with a variety of font and color settings. The Call Out Option is a fun tool which lets you put in a comic book-style caption to emphasize a specific entry. The program is also extremely flexible. You can create a full calendar representing a single month with up to 12 mini calendars or a multiple month calendar with only mini calendars. If the user wants to put in user defined text and icons, they must use a full one-month calendar format. A user could also use this application to create planners in either a weekly or daily format. This

20: application to create planners in either a weekly or daily format. This application could be used in many ways in the classroom. I could see it used for the teacher to develop the class to make sure the flow of the class was appropriate for the material. A calendar could also be created for the students to use to see the deadlines for assignments in a graphic format. Students could use the program to create calendars for organizing group projects or for organizing their own life. Learning Objectives: 1. Students will create a one-month calendar using the Calendar Builder software to show deadlines for completion of the group project. 2. Students will create a two-month calendar using the Calendar Builder software to show planning schedule for research assignment.

21: This book discussed one tool from within each assessment category: quiz and test builders, reflective assessment tools, peer-to-peer collaboration software, and course tracking applications. The educational application for these online tools is limited only to the imagination of the course developer. Many more online assessment tools within each category can be found on the Internet. One great site to find a directory of Web 2.0 tools is www.go2web20.net. Most of these tools are free once the user has registered for an account. | Conclusion

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