Sunday, November 23, 2014

2014 November 23 | JALT International Conference | Conversations Across Borders | Day 3 Report

Our presentation listed last on the boards at Epochal
In the third day of the conference (my second day), I presented in the first session at 9:15 am with Hideto Harashima and Mari Yamauchi, both colleagues and associates for the KAKENHI research grant project we are working on together along with two other Japanese professors. We presented using the theme Collaborative Online Projects Across LMS Borders and we succeeded in giving both the history of the project and the ongoing efforts to continue cross-collaborations using Moodle.

—— 1st presentation - Don Hinkelman, Joel Rian, Matthew Cotter - Video Assessment of Student Presentations with Moodle
After our session, I had a chance to sit in on a group presentation following ours which went over a highly useful module for the Moodle LMS system. The module is an add-on for Moodle and allows for teacher, self, and student video assessments. Here are some notes from their presentation:

The research question here: In self and peer assessment, will students grade their speeches the same as the teacher?

The Moodle Grading Rubric - How it all works.
  • Students video a presentation.
  • Video presentations are bulk uploaded to Moodle.
  • Each video is then associate with a student in Moodle.
  • Students are assigned peer and self assessment tasks for the videos.
Moodle Module name: Video Assessment Module

Some points: The students can’t see the teacher’s assessment until they have done their own assessments. - downloadable handouts and module from this presentation.

The answer to the research question is “students generally self-assess lower than the teacher” for this action research project.

Don Hinkleman from SGU presenting
on Video Assessment Module for Moodle.
To his right are Joel Rian
and Matt Cotter.
Students generally valued the self, peer, and teacher assessments. Comments hold more value to students than the raw scores of assessments.

Following this presentation, I participated in a meeting with other members of my research team so the conference came to a close for me at this point. I wished I could have seen Karen Masatsugu's presentation which was later on in the day, but I needed to catch my flight back to Nagasaki from Haneda. Not to worry, though... I think we'll get her to re-present her topic in Nagasaki during our 2015 schedule!

Overall it was a busy conference with a lot to see and do and many presentations and workshops in which to participate. If only time would have moved a bit slower there, I'm certain I could have done more.

A pic of the foliage in the park
next to the Epochal Conference Center in Tsukuba.

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