E-brary of Resources

Assessments and Evaluations:


Making peer evaluations work in Online Learning

The article discusses a process for assessing Peer Evaluations for online learning. The types of assessments for Peer Evaluations contains some complex process where it particularly to sharing responses and Peers measuring each other’s level of participation on projects or assignments. The three grading strategies are Peer Evaluation with team grade, Team grade only, Self evaluation and team grade. Each provides the group members with a score or some type of measurement on team members levels of participation and contributions. (Onlinelearninginsights) Even though Peer Evaluations may have its ups and downs, or positive and negatives, it is important for students to learn and/or have some type of experience working with groups because in almost every career at some point or even regularly these students may be working with peers, groups or co-workers at some point in their careers.
Making peer evaluations work in Online Learning; Onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com. website:
online-learning/, 2012.


6 Online Rubric Makers Worth Trying

The article provides the importance of utilizing rubrics for project and assignment assessments. The article highlights how rubrics are beneficial to instructors and students because they help organize projects and assignment details as well as serve as a measuring tool to determine students work and participation and grades. The article also provides a helpful list of rubric software and websites that make creating rubrics simple. The rubric software and websites range in that most are free, full online or can be downloaded to a Mac or PC.(lepi)
Lepi , Katie, 6 Online Rubric Makers Worth Trying; website: http://www.edudemic.com/online-rubric-
makers/ 2014

Connectivism and others…

George Siemens – Connectivism: Socializing Open Learning
• Connectivism: http://www.connectivism.ca/

• IRRODL: This specifically links to another article on connectivism.

• Places to Go: Connectivism & Connective Knowledge
by Stephen Downes – bsili.3csn.org

• Barnett, J., MacPherson, V. & Sandieson, R.M. (2013). http://ascilite.org.au/ajet/submission/index.php/AJET/article/view/243/757 – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

• elearnspace: everything elearning: This includes a Siemen (2004) article on Connectivism and a Brown article (2002) that can be found on pages 1-21. http://www.ingedewaard.net/papers/connectivism/2005_siemens_ALearningTheoryForTheDigitalAge.pdf


4 Learning Models – Resources

scholarly journal articles concerning experential learning theory

  • Here is an interesting infographic that delves into the importance of online education throughout history.
  • An online article offering a description of the history of online learning.
  • This blog discusses blended learning and its impact on f2f learning.
  • The Blended Learning Institute offers a wealth of resources for teachers who want to incorporate web-based tools into their classrooms.

Scholary Articles– these articles may be relevant for your WordPress PLE!

Open Education Resources, MOOCs, Social Media and other Online Learning Trends






• Diaz, V., Brown, M. & Pelletier, S. (2013). Learning and the massive, online, open course. ELI Paper No. 2. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. When reading this consider how you might be able to incorporate certain sections of MOOCs (Remember what we did in this class, back in Unit 2 with an already developed MOOC!) within your instructional module.
• Lagerwey, J. (2013). Grading with Google+: Assessing social media assignments. Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier, 1.
• Sloan, A.M., & Linardopoulos. (2011). Development, implementation and evaluation of a grading rubric for online discussions. Journal of Online Teaching and Learning, 7(4).
• Blog post: Eight Brilliant Minds on the Future of Online Education

Podcast concerning Online Learning and Emerging Trends. This discussion summarizes much of what we have addressed throughout the MOD concerning trends in online learning, social media, APPs and how learning has changed as a result of the changes that have arisen as a result of online learning.
Web Activities
• Online article about the ways in which online educators can integrate social media into their instructional modules.
• This Mashable site also offers suggestions as to how to infuse social media into online courses.

• Explore these K-12 APPS that can be incorporated into online classes
• This EDUCAUSE site offers suggestions as to how to incorporate Google+ and other Google tools into instructional modules.


OER – Open Educational Resources

OER Commons helps organizations reduce costs and be more effective
by using existing content and tools for teaching and learning.


Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Why Open Education Matters


Anderson, T. (2013). Open access scholarly publications as OER. The International Review of Open and Distance Learning, 14(2). Retrieved – from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1531/2494

Rolfe, V. (2012). Open education resources: staff attitudes and awareness. Research in Learning Technology, 20(14), 1-13. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.340/flt.v10i0/14395

OER Commons

Peer Reviews:

Edutopia’s Educator’s Guide for to OERs including online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans, activities and open textbooks. http://www.edutopia.org/open-educational-resources-guide

Open Educational Resources and Collaborative Content Development: A Practical Guide for State and School Leaders.

 D’Antoni, S.D. (2009). Open Educational Resources: reviewing initiatives and issues. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 24:1, 3-10. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680510802625443

Machinima. website: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Machinima#Machinima_Sites_.28Viewing.29

iTrainonline – http://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/english/basic_skills.shtml

Saylor Academy – http://www.saylor.org/majors/workplace-skills/

Program Assessments, Course Assessments & Evaluation Resources



Strategies for Effective Assessment: Course Assessment
http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/administration/academicaffairs/assessment/strategies/course.htm – offers a variety of suggestions concerning online course assessment. 

The Online Course Evaluation Project (OECP) http://www.montereyinstitute.org/pdf/OCEP%20Evaluation%20Categories.pdf

View the Sloan Consortium Webinar – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic2YXM3lUoU

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning: An annual review of policy and  practice – PDF download

 View the Quality Matters Rubric

Illinois Online Network Website (iOn) http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/initiatives/qoci/rubric.asp

 Review Michigan State’s: Review online courses- http://fod.msu.edu/oir/evaluating-online-courses

775 Free Courses from top Universities – http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

The Harvard Extension School – http://www.extension.harvard.edu/open-learning-initiative

MIT Open Courseware – http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/find-by-topic/#cat=energy&subcat=climate

OpenUp Ed – http://www.openuped.eu/courses

Rubrics – information and resources…

I have only recently realized Rubrics are very necessary for organizing instructional materials and coursework. The resources below are very helpful and useful for creating rubrics:

Livingston, M. (2012). The infamy of grading rubrics. English Journal, 102(2), 108-113.

Anglin, L., Anglin, K., Schumann, P.L. & Kaliski, J.A. (2008). Improving the efficiency and effectivesness of grading through the use of computer -assisted grading rubricsDecision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education,6(1), 51-73.

Online Resources for Rubric Development 

Rubistar — A free, web-based tool for rubric development

Digital Media Scoring Guides — A free, customizable scoring guide for the creation of evaluations of students’ written work

Creating a rubric — A tutorial that offers a guide through the basic steps to creating rubrics for evaluating student performances.

For All Rubrics — web based program for developing rubrics. Also available as an APP for iPad, tablets and phones.

TeacherVision: Creating Rubrics — A web based, five part series that explores how one teacher has designed, refined and implemented rubrics in a variety of instructional areas.