Competition for this year’s E-Learning Awards was turned up a notch. An independent judging panel, chaired by Tony Frascina, whittled down more than 250 entries to produce an exceptionally diverse shortlist that really showcased the amazing range that e-learning now covers. Competition was so fierce that the judges decided to split a couple of the categories into UK and International sectors. The 2014 awards evening, held at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London in November, celebrated the strength and depth of e-learning that is taking place across the globe. 550 people attended the biggest gala evening to date. TAG Assessment won Silver in the category ‘Best use of social and collaborative technologies for learning’, for the University of Edinburgh’s use of CrowdAssess to support peer assessment and attainment. LV= was awarded Gold and Bespeak – Slagerspassie (The Butcher Inspiration Platform) won Bronze in the category.
“This e-portfolio based assessment solution from TAG Assessment supports AfL, student reflection and professional development for schools and colleges, universities and professional accreditation. “We have seen MAPS used with great success at Writhlington School. The students were designing, building and testing parachutes to deliver aid in remote locations. As part of this, they used MAPs to create a project diary in which they documented the various iterations of their design. It also allowed them to photograph and record the testing process. These diaries were easily shared with the rest of the class. What particularly excites us about this product is its potential for project based subjects. If the exam boards could endorse the use of software like this, it could change the way GCSEs or A Level submissions are accepted. It would aid the assessment of the iterative design process.” Panelist, Lydia Beaton (James Dyson Foundation)
Mooc providers need to find ways to make the assessment richer, more meaningful and more reliable at scale for larger audiences