A hybrid course on assessment: Using Canvas and Data Analytics to respond to and understand the needs of a diverse student population

TitleA hybrid course on assessment: Using Canvas and Data Analytics to respond to and understand the needs of a diverse student population
Faculty/College/UnitEducation
StatusCompleted
Duration1 Year
Initiation04/01/2020
Completion04/09/2021
Project Summary

Our initial objective was to create a hybrid course powered by Canvas learning analytics, however, given the Covid crisis, we had to switch our objective to developing an asynchronous online course. The choice of developing an asynchronous course was made given the phenomenon of “online meeting fatigue” that many students were experiencing during the Covid crisis, hence we wanted to reduce the time that students spend in online meetings and give them more control over their schedule so they can choose when and where to study.

We created 18 asynchronous online modules on assessment in the classroom; these modules can be reused by future instructors of courses on assessment, the modules can also be reused by faculty members teaching about assessment related topics. The modules are all structured following best practices in instructional design: Specific learning outcomes for each module, diagnostic assessments, assessment activities with instant feedback, interactive activities, and scaffolded assignments that include self-assessment, peer-assessment, and feedback from instructor.

In addition to the 18 modules, we created an online repository of more than a thousand assessment tasks for all subjects: quizzes, exams, project-based assessments, and lesson plans. The assessment tools included tools in the public domain, tools licensed under Creative Commons, and copyrighted tools for which we requested and received permission to share. To support users of our repositories in knowing how to properly attribute the authors of the assessment tools, we developed a learning module specifically on copyright. By completing the module, students will develop the necessary copyright knowledge to know how to properly attribute authors and the conditions under which they may or may not produce and circulate copies of these resources.

To support other instructors who plan to teach online courses in the teacher education program, we created five personas that reflect five categories of teacher candidates. The personas were developed by instructors who taught the course in Winter 2021 based on the experiences of their students. The fives personas were the outcome of the Learning Analytics component of the project.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorShawna Faber
Year 1: Funded Amount22,927
Year 1: Team Members

Shawna Faber, Instructor, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Faculty of Education
Louai Rahal, PhD Candidate, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Faculty of Education

Year 1: TLEF ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase
Project Report2020-TLEF-Final-Report-Faber-WEB.pdf