Case study on Learning-Oriented Assessment

Hello all 🙂

I wrote an article about an online course I organised and tutored about two years ago. It is recently published on MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching ( The article presents a case study of a short online course for teachers’ professional development in Greece. The main pedagogical approach was based on Learning-Oriented Assessment, and for that reason it may be interesting for students here, particularly those following the “Online Assessment” course.

Once again, I want to thank my fellow student James (Lamb) for his feedback and help, and the elearning tutor team for being an inspiration to my work 🙂

Two courses you should definitely sign up for

sales pitchHi all! With just a few days left to sign up for courses, I want to draw your attention to two modules planned for this semester that you might not know much about, as they only run every other year. I hope we can entice you to sign up for one of these fantastic courses. They are “E-learning, Politics and Society” and “Digital Futures for Learning”. The course leaders have said the following:

Rory says:

With a few dozen of you still making up your minds about options for next semester, I’d like to put in a good word for my course E-learning, Politics and Society. We’ve run this four times now (in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010), and it’s always been a source of great discussion about some of the big themes affecting e-learning: the history and economics of it, issues of access, identity and citizenship, the “hacker ethic”, open source and open access, copyright, and government attempts to regulate the net. We have a prominent sub-theme about north-south digital divides which has led to some great insights.

Over the years I’ve noticed that quite a few students who’ve done EPS have gone on to do a dissertation related to its themes, which suggests that you should find plenty to think about there. Two of our IDEL tutors, Phil and Christine, took the course as well when they were studying with us. I’ll be revising the content, as I do every year, to take account of developments since it was last delivered and to include some good new topics for discussion. EPS thrives on having a committed and active group discussion across the semester, so I really hope you can be part of it.

Jen says:

Digital Futures for Learning is great because it addresses the cutting edge of developments in technology, and how these might impact on learning and education. Interested in “How Augmented Reality will change the way we live“? Want to learn more about trends in “making” technology, education and society? Fascinated by how MOOCs are taking off right now and wondering what it all means? Come and explore these and other topics, which build to a whole block of events introducing the very latest ideas around these themes, developed by course participants (that’s you!).

Some course feedback from last time indicates some of the ways you might benefit from Digital Futures:

  • “If anyone is considering e-learning as a career, it should be compulsory. The peer interactivity was hugely beneficial”
  • “The student role was thoroughly, and pleasurably, displaced.”
  • “Very challenging, but very engaging too.”
  • “As time goes on, I “get” DFL more now – frustrating because the course is finished but encouraging that I’m making sense of what you opened my eyes to!”
  • “I really enjoyed the course and have since run 4 different sessions including [my event topic], and have another one booked so it’s impacting on work too.”

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for one of these courses today!

Countdown to semester start

clock artA reminder that semester starts on 17th September so we look forward to seeing you online then. Courses will be available the week before for those who wish to get an advance view. In particular, new students taking IDEL should log in early on in the week of 10th September to take part in the induction activities associated with that course.

Looking forward to seeing you online soon!

Groups on the Hub

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to draw attention, particularly for those who are new to the programme, to the different groups that exist on the Hub. All groups can be seen by clicking on the ‘group’ tab at the top of the page. In particular, I’d encourage everyone involved with, or interested in all aspects of science education, to join the Science education group– and for those of us just starting, or in the middle of the dissertation element, there is the dissertation stage group, a place to share ideas, worries and triumphs!


the blog site ( has moved

This is a message for continuing students – those just starting out on the programme can safely ignore!

As mentioned last week, the MSc blog site (where your IDEL blogs are) has moved to a new hosting space. It was previously at, but you’ll now find it at . Apart from the new address, eveything should be exactly the same.

Your existing username and password will continue to work – however, you may find (like me!) that you have forgotten one or the other of them (hint: they are probably not your EASE login details)!

If you’ve forgotten your password but remember your username or the email address you used to create your account, you can simply go to the password reset page and enter one of these. You’ll be sent an email to confirm your password change.

If you have forgotten your username, try searching for your name in Elgg. The result that comes up will show you your username in the URL.

If that doesn’t work, drop me an email and I’ll be able to help!

Please let me know if you run into any problems or peculiarities. And remember, you will have an account created for you on the shiny new blog site at in the next few weeks, so you can switch over to using it at any time after that, if you wish.