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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Full-time research post-grad student, investigating the potential of ICT to assess conceptual learning, in the Department of Education and Professional Studies, University of Limerick. Working with Dr Oliver McGarr, I have taken an existing course "ICT in Education" and changed it to an e-learning course with online assessment using Moodle, available at: http://paulo.ul.ie/ (please contact me to get guest access - firstname.lastname@example.org). The course has been presented to first year student teachers each year since 2005 during the Spring semester with an average cohort of 280 and the data gathered from student surveys, formative assessment responses and student grades, will form the basis of my Masters thesis. The teacher-training programmes involved can be viewed at: http://www.ul.ie/education/programmes/index.html.
My interest in determining the usefulness of ICT in assessing conceptual learning is driven by the conviction that learning can be made so interesting that self-directed learning will be widely practised, by a large segment (a majority?) of the population. Does this mean that teaching will no longer be a recognised occupation? I don't think so, but the occupation of teaching will change to one of facilitating, so that learners will be facilitated in their search for learning.
ICT InterestsCan ICT successfully assess conceptual learning?
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