The assessment of learning in large online courses such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) requires tools that are valid, reliable, easy to administer and can be automatically scored. Knowla measures a student’s knowledge in a particular subject by having the student assemble a set of scrambled phrases into a logical order. Initial testing of the tool indicated that the measure is valid, reliable, and that students access critical thinking skills as they engage with the material. In addition to assessment of learning knowledge, Knowla also shows promise as a learning tool.
Eric is a professor in the Computer Science department of Metropolitan College, Boston University. His main area of interest is software engineering in its ramifications for program correctness.
Meredith Thompson is a science educator and education researcher dedicated to inspiring enthusiasm for science among people of all ages through creative, engaging curriculum, and finding innovative ways of measuring the impact of educational innovation.
Dr. Halfond has worked at Boston University since 1997, and was dean of the Metropolitan College from 2001 through 2012. Halfond teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels on social and ethical aspects of management in American institutions and culture. He also chaired the Boston University President’s Council for a Global University.
Matt Parfitt is an Associate Professor at the College of General Studies, where he has been teaching freshman writing since 1992. From 2003-14 he served as Chair of the Rhetoric Division at CGS. He is the author of a widely-used rhetoric, Writing in Response (Bedford/St. Martins, 2012, 2015) and most recently, co-author of Pursuing Happiness: A Bedford Spotlight Reader (Bedford/St. Martins, 2015). His main research interests are in the history of reading and the teaching of reading skills.