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Using learning level descriptors to evaluate the effectiveness of learning technology implementations

 

Professor Barry Jackson
Director of Learning Development
Centre for Learning Development
Middlesex University
Bounds Green Road
London N11 2NQ

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Theme:
Evaluation Theory and Frameworks

Abstract

Learning technologies present an opportunity to augment or replace the role which was traditionally played by the teacher. In a learning-led educational context the effectiveness of teaching, whether by teacher, or through interaction with media, can be readily evaluated by the degree to which it contributes to learning. The use of level descriptors, such as Biggs' SOLO taxonomy, provides a powerul tool to assess the outcomes of learning, and by implication the effectiveness of the learning activity. Contextual factors which correlate with the SOLO levels, and encourage deep approaches to learning, can be used to improve effectiveness.

The paper will outline the SOLO taxonomy, indicate implications for implementation, and discuss the correlating factors which enhance students' approach to learning

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