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Wealth of data resides in online courses

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Michigan Virtual’s reigning Online Teacher of the Year explores the full potential of the intrinsic data in online courses in the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of the MACUL Journal.

Andrew Vanden Heuvel, who was named Michigan Virtual’s Online Teacher of the Year for 2010-11, along with Molly Bruzewski, wrote about the wealth of data in online classrooms. Vanden Heuvel said that a benefit of the online classroom is that most interactions take place via the computer and produce data. This data can provide insight into student progress.

Vanden Heuvel’s article asserts that for assessment to be truly useful in the future, it must evaluate more than just content knowledge.

“Only with computer-based learning can we carry out a large-scale, quantitative assessment of individual student’s intellectual strengths, learning tendencies and work habits,” Vanden Heuvel wrote.

About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual for Students and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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