Thursday, 5 July 2012

Question from Prof. Diana Laurillard’s keynote session #18

Is there a manner to measure the effectiveness of using ICT in classrooms compared to conventional manner of learning?

1 comment:

  1. Can't it be measured in the same way? You know the learning outcome you want to achieve - how do you normally measure the effectiveness of your teaching in class? One answer is to use the same method.
    or you might mean, they are learning something different with ICT, so how do we measure that? or can we use ICT to measure the effectiveness?
    Using ICT mesns they are probably learning new skills through that experience - and the great thing about the medis is that they record what learners do. So you can measure how much they write in a forum, or how many pages in a website they look at, or what quality of reflection they do in blog - time-consuming to evaluate, but no worse than reading reports, or conducting orals.

    Comparing conventional and digital can be tricky as we are not comparing like with like. We don't compare the effectiveness of learning from books and learning from class presentations. Why not? - because we are not comparing like with like - each contributes something useful and different. The same is true of ICT. You can measure that each activity is effective in achieving the outcome you expect of it, but comparisons are trickier. They need careful design and planning.