Online Assessments and Hearing Students Think About Scienceby: Taryn L. S. Hess and Sherry A. Southerland
edited by: NSTA Press

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This chapter examines online assessments and explores how they might be useful in your science classroom. Although there is a wealth of computer-based assessment tools (such as homework and exam generated programs that accompany many science textbooks), the focus of this chapter is on a specific form of online, interactive assessments; specifically, web-based practice assignments in which students submit their work for computerized grading over the internet. Online assessments can enhance science instruction by tapping into students’ interest in computers and providing instant feedback on their efforts.

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  • on Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:58 PM

In this chapter they encourage consideration of the use of online assessments. They give excellent examples of what to look for in an online assessment and emphasize to choose one that encourages collaboration and problem solving among students..

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:26 PM

The book chapter offers sound advice as to what to look for with online assessments. Also, the chapter outlines the importance of the social-constructivist theory which highlights theimprotance of student talk in science. It is worth a read for the guidelines provided in finding an online assessment package and suggestions for implementation.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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