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Assessing Student Learning with Instructional Technologies eCourse
Melissa Mallon
Item Number: 1541-9111
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $175.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, March 6, 2017 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Melissa Mallon

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:
  • Describe the characteristics of authentic assessment in order to successfully measure students’ information literacy skills
  • Determine the usefulness of different instructional technologies for evaluating student learning
  • Compare the effectiveness of these technologies with various student populations
  • Develop strategies for engaging students and boosting participation levels in library instruction sessions

Are you prepared to deliver student learning data to your administrators? When you design your learning plans with assessment in mind, you will be ready to do just that. Course instructor Melissa Mallon will guide you through the steps of designing an authentic lesson and assessment plan.

First you will have the option to choose either a lesson or activity that you teach regularly, such as critically evaluating sources, or use the example provided in the eCourse. Next, Mallon will introduce you to instructional technologies that will enable you to see what your students have learned. You will then be able to try these out and discover which technology will work best with your students. When you have completed this eCourse, you will have a ready-to-use lesson that uses instructional technology and an assessment plan to go with it!

eCourse Outline

Week 1

  • Introduction
  • Overview of authentic assessment
  • Overview of lesson planning
  • Writing student learning outcomes that require demonstration of learning
  • Introduce instructional technologies that can facilitate assessment: social media (Twitter, blogs); polling & survey tools (Poll Everywhere, Google Forms, SurveyMonkey); collaboration (Padlet, Google Docs); multimedia (Audacity, iMovie, HaikuDeck); brainstorming & synthesis (concept maps, infographics (, Wordle).
  • Assignments
    • Choose a class/workshop/instructional scenario for completing a lesson and assessment plan. Write a draft of learning outcomes for the scenario
    • Sign up for instructional tech tool(s) to evaluate

Week 2

  • What makes an assignment/activity authentic? Discussion of formative and summative assessment techniques
  • Application to information literacy instruction and different class situations
  • Discuss use of rubrics to aid in assessing student learning
  • Assignments
    • Review draft of learning outcomes for scenario. Start developing ideas for authentic assessment activity (use Popplet, concept mapping tool)
    • Continue review of instructional technologies

Week 3

  • Continue discussion of authentically assessing information literacy and higher-order skills, such as critical thinking, synthesis, and analysis of information
  • Look at sample learning scenarios and match appropriate assessment techniques and technologies
  • Discuss methods for engaging students in the learning process
  • Assignments
    • Analyze instructional technologies
    • Determine authentic tasks for scenario and identify appropriate instructional technology tools (use Padlet, virtual white board, for discussion)
    • Complete review/evaluation of instructional technologies (post podcast or video reviews and tech tool evaluation form)

Week 4

  • Discuss methods for reflecting on assessment data in order to influence future teaching practices (i.e. what to do with the data once you’ve gathered it)
  • Share strategies for engaging faculty members/educators in discussion of student learning
  • Assignments
    • Completion of lesson and assessment plan
    • Post & comment on instructional technologies reviews

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on Monday, March 6, 2017. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Mallon will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Melissa Mallon is Director of Peabody Education Library/ Director of Instruction & Liaison Services at Vanderbilt University. Mallon’s research interests include online learning, instructional design, and creative use of emerging technologies and social media in assessing student learning. She has presented on these topics at multiple forums, including ACRL and LOEX.


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