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Collaborative Assessment

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Session Two: Saturday 1:00pm–2:30pm
Room 207
Jennifer Orr, Dr. Jeffrey McClurken
Affiliation: Fairfax County Public Schools, University of Mary Washington
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

Assessment (including, but not just, grades) is an important part of what we do as teachers. Often, however, that assessment takes place in isolation. This session will explore the potential gains that we can make engaging in collaborative assessment.

This Conversation starts with a discussion in which the people in the session will explore and come to broad consensus about the meanings/goals/ideas/concepts of assessment (and grades).

Then the Conversation will move on to talk about collaborative assessment. Who should be working together on these issues? What might we gain by collaborating with coworkers? With students? What are the theoretical and practical barriers to collaborative assessment and how can they be overcome? What lessons can we learn from other levels of school or other disciplines in this conversation?

Assuming that we can agree on the value of collaborative assessment and who should participate, then we will brainstorm how to facilitate this collaboration. What tools best enable collaborative assessments? [Imagine multiple teachers using Google Docs to share notes on student progress in a centralized way, even in separate rooms (or schools), or students and teachers collaborating in a wiki on the guidelines for evaluating an assignment. ]

At the end, we hope to have audience members work in small groups to brainstorm collaborative assessment methods for their own schools, building on the tools that are available.

Conversational Practice:
We will set up a wiki to share links and ideas in small groups during the session, as well as serving as a record of the conversations had. Throughout the session, which will indeed be a conversation, there will be large discussions, small group brainstorming, and opportunities to talk with a partner. Hash tag for session: #EduConCollab


Session hash tag #EduConCollab

Wed 26 Jan 2011 08:04:19 PM EST