RESOURCE: The Best Assessment Tools for the Online Classroom
This article will discuss some practical methods, which have been empirically tested and experimented both in the classroom and in “distance” delivery. New methods, which are either low cost or no cost for the instructor or end-user, will also be discussed. Some of these are already known as Web 2.0 tools, but had never been incorporated in the assessment of student e-documents. The first product I will discuss is Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5 (now 12.0) , which takes voice and moves it into text. Followed by a discussion on the process of “inking” or using an electronic pen to mark, edit, and correct student e-documents, as well as ways to use PowerPoint. There are other tools worth mentioning, Google Docs and Google Drive are free and allow for simple cloud storage and editing. Finally, I will discuss how you can screen capture certain items on your computer screen whether it be feedback on a student paper or directions that you want to give students by easily create a streaming video from your desktop.