Assessment in immersive virtual environments

The key to education reform lies in exploring alternative forms of assessment. Alternative performance assessments provide a more valid measure than multiple-choice tests of students’ conceptual understanding and higher-level skills such as problem solving and inquiry. Advances in game-based and virtual environment technologies are creating new possibilities for learning and assessment. One such possibility is…

Open badges in online learning environments

Student engagement is both a ubiquitous and broadly defined term in education. Engagement is the ‘conceptual glue’ that connects student agency, social influences, organizational structures, and school culture. Of particular interest to the work presented in this paper, is how engagement and agency are interrelated, and the role of this relationship in online learning –…