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E-TeachUK was founded on the belief that every person has the ability to learn.

Eighteen years experience teaching Earth Sciences at A level and Degree Level. E-Leader and VLE Champion with over 10 years of experience  in designing and creating Moodle based courses.

  • We have extensive experience in training and supporting teachers in the use of Moodle to create subject-specific e-learning content.
  • We have extensive experience in the design and dissemination of Online, blended learning and distance learning content.
  • We have extensive experience in the adoption and implementation of Learning Technology.

Contact Mark at E-TeachUK for all of your e-learning requirements……

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I’ve spent the day creating a short demo e-safety using Adobe Captivate 6.0. click on the link below to have a go….. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4333771/e-safety.swf

For all of your training or e-learning needs contact Mark E-teachuk@hotmail.com

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Introduction

The purpose of the action research assignment is use of an Action Research approach in an exploration of the ways to increase students’ engagement in the use of the Colleges Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle.

VLEs or virtual learning environments have been at the forefront of learning technology for much of the 21st century. Forming the back bone of institutional ‘Learning Management Systems’ (LMS); with the commonly accepted driver of this move being the Dearing Report of 1997 and their increased use was encouraged in the Government’s 2005 strategy paper Harnessing technology – transforming learning and children’s services. (Ofsted, 2009).

The rationale behind the research is the perceived decline in the use and student uptake of the VLE by AS Geography Sixth Form students and a national trend in the perceived negative views of VLEs.

Open access to my developing Moodle Course, free resources and examples of how to make Moodle more engaging for Students and Staff alike.

Click on the Link@ below, create an account and have a play.

http://www.e-teachuk.com/course/category.php?id=2

If you would like Mark to give you advice or if you require staff development we specialize in the following:-

  • Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment)
  • Adobe Captivate
  • In class Learning Technology
  • Creating and disseminating digital resources
  • Mobile Learning.
  • Instructional design/building of online courses
  • Blended learning/online/distance teaching and learning

We can help you create your Moodle Courses, Moodle course template, quizzes or create an entire course  for you.

Contact me on the following adrress:- http://e-teachuk.co/Contact.html

What is a knowledge survey

A standard Knowledge Surveys consists of many questions that cover the entire content of a course. Questions cover all levels of Bloom’s scale of thinking. (From low-level to high-level cognition, the scale goes from knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, to synthesis.)” http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/assess/knowledgesurvey.html

Knowledge surveys maybe formative (at the start of a course) or summative (at the end of the course).

Why use knowledge Surveys?

They help students learn, help faculty improve their classrooms, and aid departments and programs as they explore new curricula or pedagogies. (Wirth and Perkins).

In the power point presentation given by Perkins and Wirth they state the following reasons for supporting use of knowledge surveys

  • Knowledge surveys are indispensable tools for instructors and for students.
  • They aid instructors as they design courses.
  • Allow for mid course corrections
  • The surveys provide students with full disclosure of the course objectives and serve as study guides.
  • Help students develop self-assessment skills
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of alternative pedagogies.

How do you use a Knowledge Survey?

Students at the start of the course or topic are given a series of question up to 200 in some cases; the students do not answer the question, but give a score of how confident they would be at answering the question. This provides a baseline information about their base knowledge preparation needs.

How do you create one.

Generally a tutor would refer to a bank of exam papers going back over several years. To ensure all parts of the topic/subject are covered a range of questions are sorted in to topics. To ensure all levels of thinking are assessed, the tutor scores the question from one to six based on Blooms Taxonomy.

A useful resource/website divides Blooms Taxonomy in to tabular form with exemplars of terminology and use. http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/Dalton.htm

Blooms Taxonomy

Higher Order Thinking
  • Creatingdesigning, constructing, planning, producing, inventing, devising, making
  • EvaluatingChecking, hypothesising, critiquing, Experimenting, judging, testing, Detecting, Monitoring
  • AnalysingComparing, organising, deconstructing, Attributing, outlining, finding, structuring, integrating
  • ApplyingImplementing, carrying out, using, executing
  • UnderstandingInterpreting, Summarising, inferring, paraphrasing, classifying, comparing, explaining, exemplifying
  • RememberingRecognising, listing, describing, identifying, retrieving, naming, locating, finding
Lower Order Thinking

Sample Knowledge Survey Questions.

Blooms Taxonomy Level
Question
  Blooms Taxonomy Level 1
What is the definition of a flood plain?
Blooms Taxonomy Level 2
Outline the basic characteristics of a meandering channel.
  Blooms Taxonomy Level 3
Explain why the outer bend of a meander has faster stream flow.
Blooms Taxonomy Level 4
Compare the river regime of a temperate climate with that of an Alpine regime.
Blooms Taxonomy Level 5
Judge the success of a river management scheme using an example from the British Isles.
Blooms Taxonomy Level 6
Design and flood management scheme for your local river system assuming a 1 in 100 year flood event

Using Moodle Feedback with a Knowledge Survey

The Feedback module can be downloaded from http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?rid=95

To find out how to create the feedback survey full detail are here……

http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-rollins/using-moodle-to-complete-a-knowledge-survey/ebook/product-17383306.html
  
Bibliography
http://serc.carleton.edu/files/NAGTWorkshops/assess/knowledgesurvey/small_perkins_p.pdf

Understanding What Our Geoscience Students Are Learning: Observing and Assessing

http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/assess/knowledgesurvey.html

Applying Blooms Taxonomy

http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/Dalton.htm

Moodle Documents http://moodle.org/