Engaging students through Social Media – Empowering Assessment Analytics

Engaging students through Social Media – Empowering Assessment Analytics

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Engaging students through Social Media - Empowering Assessment Analytics

Social Media as part of the learning process has many benefits - it provides an engaging and highly collaborative learning environment to develop 21st century learning skills. However, it also creates challenges for teachers, who to understand the value of the learning taking place, need to trawl through lengthy threads of interaction to identify the parts that illustrate understanding, demonstrate key skills and link to the learning objectives for the task in hand.Working with the Infocomm Development Agency of Singapore  ,and local schools, a range of innovative analytic tools have been piloted that enable teachers to quickly assess student social media interactions in two ways:1) Quantitative Analysis - quantifying the amount, frequency and participation of the learners through a highly intuitive graphical interface, and2) Qualitative Analysis - using Latent Semantic Indexing and measures of centrality to identifying the quality of the student interactions and relate these to the learning objectives set by the teacher.The presentation to accompany this paper will provide insight into the work undertaken as part of this highly innovative project, including lessons learnt and areas for further development. It will also present an opportunity for institutions and organisations to become involved in the project as it continues. ,

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