Collaboration and Virtual Worlds

April 21, 2007

We met this week with one of our new clients – a school of education – an excited group of faculty and administrators, working hard to finish the school year, and completely enthralled with their teaching mission and the work their students are creating. Besides having a good time sampling another part of the country, the trip was hugely useful for us. Every school we talk to is at some point along a continuum of looking for effective ways to assess student work (of all types). Whether the solution is eportfolios, Waypoint, custom-built databases, WeaveOnline, Bb Outcomes…there is a commonality here that is truly exciting. These assessment systems will answer, over the next few years, exactly what is going on inside curricula, where students are performing well, where they need help, and will root out inconsistencies and some of the massively incoherent events in a student’s life…bouncing from course to course, professor to professor, with expectations changing (to a student) with a gust of wind… Read the rest of this entry »


Welcome to Authentic Assessment…

April 7, 2007

 

Welcome to our blog dedicated to helping teachers create exceptional feedback for their students. We are the developers of Waypoint (www.gowaypoint.com) and iPowerFeedback (www.ipowerfeedback.com), software for authoring, sharing, and using interactive rubrics to improve response and develop authentic data on student achievement.

There are a lot of exciting things going on right now: early beta versions of WpOutcomes, our groundbreaking analysis software that fulfills the promise of our approach and delivers authentic data on student data in a package that doesn’t require any database or spreadsheet skills, our continued launch of iPowerFeedback with Grant Wiggins, the co-author of Understanding by Design, and the good folks at Authentic Education. We’re planning our most active conference spring and summer yet, with presence at ASCD in Anaheim CA, Blackboard World in Boston, and NECC in Atlanta. We’re organizing our first one-day assessment workshops (in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles) over the summer and have signed new clients in Los Angeles, North Dakota, and elsewhere.

Stay tuned for more introductory comments and an active discussion of response, outcomes assessment, data crunching, writing strategies, and how to best leverage assessment techniques to improve education.