2010 Knowledge Building Summer Institute: New Assessments and Environments for Knowledge Building. August 3-6, 2010 - Toronto, Canada

Beyond the Testing Paradigm: Towards New Assessment Measures in
Knowledge Building Environments

Donald Neil Philip & Danielle Truswell

In this paper we introduce a number of possible assessment measures for knowledge building, and illustrate these using data collected from a third-year university science education pre-professional course.
The first measure is a knowledge building profile that uses data mined from the Knowledge Forum online knowledge building environment to create a bar graph that compares an individual’s performance on a set of knowledge building measures with the class average. A second kind of knowledge building profile at the group level uses response (build-on) tree size to indicate the level and complexity of responding for individual views or the duration of the class.

The second set of measures uses a social network concentric display of centrality measures to gauge a students influence, outreach to others, and overall importance to the group. There are three levels to the display, and students who are central, medial and peripheral can be easily identified.

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