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Multiple Choice Questions

on Jun 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | Learning Design Assessments
  By some measures, multiple choice questions are the most popular question type in assessment.They show up everywhere, across disciplines, across ages, in traditional education, in the business world, in certification exams and seemingly everywhere you look. Multiple choice questions aren’t popular with everyone, though. Students typically have a less positive view of them, and they’re subject to criticism from educators, instructional designers and other avenues.
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Assessment Design at Second Avenue Learning

on Jun 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | Learning Design Assessments
  Assessment is measurement, and there are many things worth measuring in learning environments. We want to know what learners know and what they can do so that we can tell whether learning objectives have been achieved and what role learning experiences played in helping people accomplish those objectives.
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Choosing Assessment Item Types

on May 23, 2018 11:00:00 AM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | Learning Design Assessments
  Writing good assessments is of course a major part of learning design, but before anyone writes any questions, it’s worth putting some thought into deciding which question types you want to include. You may want multiple choice questions, but you might want other item types as well. Or maybe you want something completely different. To make sense of this decision, we’ve constructed this overview of the process of choosing item types, and in subsequent posts we’ll provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the most common (and even some of the less common) item types.
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What Makes a Good Assessment?

on May 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | Learning Design Assessments
When we design assessments at Second Avenue Learning, we remember our experiences as learners. As learners, we remember when tests were fair, clear, and well-connected with what we were supposed to be learning. That doesn’t mean that we necessarily enjoyed the testing experience, but we could tell when a test was well designed. We also remembered what it felt like to take tests that were confusing and arbitrary.
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Testing Should Promote Learning Goals (and Not the Other Way Around)

on Apr 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | Education Learning Design college readiness Assessments
Imagine that you’re a visitor from another world, examining the US education system. Much of the experience would be pretty close to what you might expect of Earthlings, but you might be surprised to find out how much time we spend on tests. And it isn’t just taking the tests, either. It’s also the time preparing for the tests, reviewing key concepts, practicing under realistic and time-pressured conditions, and getting students ready for the psychological aspects of testing.
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Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning

on Apr 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | Learning Design Game-based learning
Gamification is trending these days. Or is it game-based learning? Or serious games? Or something else? Does it really make a difference? It’s possible to create an intricate matrix of terms and definitions on this subject,1 but does that really help anyone?
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What Would You Want to Measure Using Games?

on Apr 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | Learning Design Game-based learning Assessments game-based assessment
Recently, I joined our CEO, Tory VanVoorhis, on a panel to discuss the potential of games in the world of assessment. We explained what games can do, how to build them, and key questions to get you started. To motivate the discussion, we asked the attendees to identify the skills that they might like to measure with games. Here are the skills that were mentioned most often:
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Learning Design Best Practices

on Feb 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | Learning Design
Realizing the potential of learning design is no simple task. Still, at Second Avenue, we’ve found that there are principles which, if applied, make successful outcomes more likely. Here are some of the most important learning design best practices:
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Why Learning Design is More Important than Ever

on Feb 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | Learning Design
When we design, we unite purpose and action by determining how to best accomplish our goals. When we design learning, we do everything that needs to happen to ensure that learning experiences are effective, efficient, and relevant to learners. This includes:
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Flipping Bloom’s

on Feb 1, 2018 4:48:00 PM By | Ben Paris | 0 Comments | learning Learning Design Gaming Bloom's Bloom's Taxonomy Ed tech
In Edtech Is Trapped in Ben Bloom’s Basement,1 Jared Silver identifies a paradox in learning technology: technically, our gadgets and software are more sophisticated than ever, but the learning goals that this technology serves tend to be stuck in the basics. Educational technology should be helping us analyze the world around us, evaluate claims, and create new possibilities, but too much of what we do is focused on memorization, paraphrasing, and simply following instructions.
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