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Assessing and improving learning outcomes & attainment



Resources posted in this section are concerned with improving student outcomes, retention, attainment, and, therefore, institutional or school district performance. Topics include items such as progress in curriculum standards, establishing and assessing meaningful learning outcomes, use of electronic portfolios, new methods to integrate formative and summative assessment, institutional reporting and analytics, and student/parent relationship management.

(Some resources require that you join the IMS GLC Public Forums and Community to gain access and some resources are reserved for IMS Affiliate Members or higher).

Featured Resources:

Creating a Shared Vision for Assessment Reform: Building on the Common Core- 2010 Type: Whitepaper Format: PDF
Summary: Rob Abel's whitepaper that highlights to the technical and assessment aspects of academic assessment standards.


Using Learning Technology and Standards to Increase Student Success in Math at the University of Alabama, July 2009, Type: Interview article, Format: HTML and PDF document.
Summary: Interactive, web-based, discipline specific “homework applications” are a disruptive innovation featuring formative assessment that is rapidly improving the lives of teachers and students at scale.

A Survey of Student Retention Early Warning Strategies, February 2009, Type: Research report, Format: PDF document.
Summary: This qualitative research report from collaboration between the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Education Advisory Board Corporation describes successful U.S. higher education case studies of a variety of approaches to improving student retention.

Leading Integration of Enterprise Learning and Administrative Systems: The Next Generation, October 2008, Type: Event summary article, Format: HTML and PDF document.
Summary: This article is a complete summary of a panel session held at Educause 2008 concerned with how new learning technologies can be integrated with student systems. The panelists included representatives from Blackboard, Oracle, SunGard, and Georgetown University.

LearnSAT -  Learning and Educational Technology Trends and Satisfaction Survey

Summary: LearnSAT is the education industry’s ONLY ongoing research into trends and satisfaction of products and services that contribute to the educational experience. The public may view in-process ratings and provide ratings by accessing the online IMS Learning and Educational Technology Product Directory. IMS Contributing Members have the ability to influence the categories, products and questions in the survey. IMS Contributing and Affiliate Members serve as survey panel participants and have in-process access to the full set of survey results in progress, including:

  1. Product ratings for 22 categories
  2. LMS ratings and trends
  3. Content authoring ratings and trends
  4. Classroom and collaboration technology ratings and trends
  5. Assessment product ratings and trends
  6. Digital content ratings and trends
  7. Product and service priorities for the next 12 months


Additional Resources:

Digital Content Summit, March 2009, Type: Event summary article, Format: HTML and PDF document.
Summary: Report from The IMS GLC Special Summit on Next Generation Digital Learning & Content in February 2009 at California State University including trends in e-Books and related digital content, including presentations from CourseSmart, Café Scribe, Follett, Cengage, and Pearson.

Learning Impact 2007: The Latest Trends in Learning, Technology, and Standards, August 2007, Type: Annual Review report, Format: PDF
Summary: This report from the IMS Global Learning Consortium reviews the latest developments and learning technology and standards and highlights six strategic trends to watch going forward into the future.

Educational Testing Service and Farragut High School Take Top Honors in First Annual Learning Impact Award (LIA) Global Competition: An Interview with Gary Driscoll - July 2007
Summary: The organizations responsible for the top rated platinum winners of the 2007 Learning Impact Awards discuss how this ETS intelligent tutoring product improved access, affordability, and quality.

Innovation, Adoption, and Learning Impact: Creating the Future of IT, March 2007, Rob Abel, Type: Educause Review Article, Format: HTML
Summary: This article reviews the progress made in adoption of technology to support learning over the past 10 years in higher education and looks to the future given the current socio-economic drivers, with a special emphasis on the role of the Chief Information or Chief Learning Officer.

Oracle and the Academic Enterprise: An Interview with Curtiss Barnes of Oracle- January 2007, Type: Interview article, Format: HTML and PDF document.
Summary: The marketing leader of Oracle’s education segment discusses the Oracle strategy post Peoplesoft merger, including the importance of standards.

A Culture of Evidence: Postsecondary Assessment and Learning Outcomes, ETS.org, June 2006, Type: Report, Format: PDF document
Summary: In this report, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), provides it recommendations to the U.S. department of education on how to improve meaningful assessment of outcomes in postsecondary education.

What's Next in Learning Technology in Higher Education? Paper by Rob Abel dated October 2005. Type: Trends and predictions report, Format: PDF.
Summary: This paper discusses the past successes of technology to support and enhance learning in higher education, discusses several theories of adoption, and then provides predications on what future technology areas could “go mainstream.”


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