Virtual Learning – Online Learning

Supporting Students Learning to Evaluate Sources- Assessment Approach from Joel Breakstone, Mark Smith and Sarah McGrew

  • Educational interventions in a variety of contexts have shown that students can learn the strategies professional fact checkers use to evaluate the credibility of online sources. Researchers conducting these interventions have developed new kinds of assessments—instruments that measure participants’ knowledge, behaviors, or cognitive processes—to test the effects of their interventions. 
  • These new kinds of assessments are necessary because assessments commonly used to measure outcomes in misinformation research offer limited insights into participants’ reasoning. Extant measures do not reveal whether students deploy effective evaluation strategies and do not tap whether students engage in common evaluative mistakes like judging surface-level features (e.g., a source’s top-level domain or appearance). 
  • In this study, we investigated what new assessments revealed about how students evaluated online sources. Rather than replicate the findings of prior intervention studies, this study focused on understanding what these assessments revealed about students’ reasoning as they evaluated online information. 
  • The findings showed that the assessments were effective in revealing patterns in students’ reasoning as they evaluated websites. Responses pointed to common challenges students encountered when evaluating online content and showed evidence of students’ effective evaluation strategies. 
  • This study highlights possibilities for types of assessments that can be both readily implemented and provide insight into students’ thinking. Policymakers could use similar tasks to assess program effectiveness; researchers could utilize them as outcome measures in studies; and teachers could employ them for formative assessment of student learning.

FlexPoint Offers a Blueprint for Building an Online Learning Program — from THE Journal

FlexPoint urges us to go beyond one-size-fits-all approach to online education. The FlexPoint Blueprint aids in selecting the right tools and asking the right questions, to build a path to hybrid learning success. Suggestions:

  • Ask parents/guardians for their preferred communication method.
  • Create a centralized resource hub online—with tools and resources for students and parents who are new to online learning to help them stay on track and engaged.
  • Create communications channels where parents can provide feedback and ask questions—like a social media group or message board. Once set up, ensure your team is able to consistently monitor and answer questions.
  • Hold a virtual open house with families to introduce them to staff and your online learning option.
  • Schedule live morning announcements for your students via an online video meeting platform.
  • Host science and social studies fairs online where students can showcase their projects. 
  • Host virtual career days or field trips for the students to attend. 
  • Provide families with access to a platform where they can monitor their child’s progress.

Big Tech and Free Speech | PolicyEd

Published November 2, 2021 Are internet companies such as Facebook and YouTube allowed to censor the content on their websites? Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, these companies are not held liable for user-uploaded speech, allowing them to determine who to ban or restrict from their platforms. Removing this protection would only make matters worse, as it
— Read on

Survey finds major–and potentially lasting–changes in K-12 schools’ curricular choices during the pandemic

/PRNewswire/ — An annual survey conducted by Bay View Analytics of K-12 teachers and administrators in the U.S. found that the sudden shift to remote…
— Read on