CEMO students receive student innovation grants
Two of our master’s students, Tony Tan and Jayeong Song, have been awarded student innovation grants from the Faculty of Educational Sciences. In addition to financial support, they will get access to developers and resources, and receive support on design and concept development from EngageLab.
The Faculty of Educational Sciences announced last fall three scholarships of up to NOK 25 000 each for students with creative ideas for design in learning and teaching. The funded projects are expected to end up with new or improved digital designs that can enhance learning for students at all levels.
Smart interface for teacher and student
Tony Tan’s project is to develop a smart interface for a Learning Management System (LMS) for the teacher and student. He explains the background of his project here:
The measurement and evaluation of non-standardised assessment tasks, such as marking long essays, has received less interest than standardised tests. This outcome is probably not attributable to a lack of theoretical or procedural guidance since early models by pioneers such as Louis Guttman even predates the inception of item response theory. Neither is this underutilisation a result of its triviality in improving students' academic outcomes; on the contrary, a well-structured assessment rubric empowers learners with meta-cognitive skills (for example, "What are the examiners looking for exactly? In which order and what depth?") while delivering teachers the insight that would not be otherwise accessible (e.g., "How should I group my learners in order to apply differentiating teaching next, based on evidence from this assessment?").
What holds back the wider application of assessment rubrics and the associated Guttman analyses is more likely to be costs, not in terms of dollars and cents but teachers' time. This is precisely where machines can complement human efforts by taking over the predictable, mechanical and replicable parts of rubrics writing and post-marking analyses so that teachers' time can be reserved for higher value-added tasks such as interpreting and comparing results, as well as designing and implementing next stage of teaching.
Netflix for learning?
Jayeong Song describes her project “Your school” here:
Given the rapidity of new knowledge development, there is a gap between the degree students earn and required knowledge or skillsets from the job market. Although university programs now provide some project-based learning, those opportunities are somewhat limited in time and width of experience.
A large number of free online courses are available on the MOOC platforms (Massive Open Online Courses; the free online courses that are made available for anyone to study) such as Edx, Coursera, and Futurelearn. Among those options, students are free to choose their learning path for their specific goals. However, too many course options make it often difficult for students to select which courses they should take, and no successful course completion deadline leaves students with no clear structure.
Thus, they need a tool to support their self-regulated learning. This is where the idea for ‘Your school’ using the MOOCs stems from. With this tool, students receive learning curriculum recommendations, time management with goal setting, and an opportunity for saving and sharing their learning path with specific assignments and projects.
CEMO proudly recognizes the students
CEMO congratulates the grant winners, and look forward to following the development of these creative projects. This is a unique opportunity for the students to gain project design experience, and to apply this knowledge to their master thesis and any future endeavors.