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Judith McDaniel, Ph.D.

UI&U Professor Judith McDaniel will be presenting “The Challenges of Using Authentic Assessments in Online and Community-based Learning Contexts” at the 17th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning.  Teaming up with Jan Kempster, the dean of the Adult Degree Program at Prescott College, they will each present different possibilities for authentic assessment of programs that emphasize interactive, experiential learning.  McDaniel explains, “Both UI&U and Prescott College are founded on a belief that education is about the ability to think creatively and to interact with new knowledge as a way of incorporating knowledge into performance, so finding an authentic means of assessment has challenged the faculty.

Within their Applications course at UI&U, some students have chosen to design a course that demonstrates an ability to bring the theoretical learning into a practical application. Dr. McDaniel will demonstrate the design of the website where students create their courses and discuss the effectiveness of self and peer assessment in this context.

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