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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How Do You Measure Transfer?



photo by shareski


If you are designing PD (esp Online)
"How are you measuring transfer?"
"How are you seeing the classroom change?"
"We don't want to see whether you can play "school" more interested in whether or not your classroom has changed because of the learning?"
"How can you show me your classroom is different because of course "x"?"

This was from a conversation with my executive director this week, and I can’t stop thinking about the back and forth.  We can agree that accessing the learning, and “proving” the learning in traditional sense is not an option for us.
Don't fall in the trap of expecting or asking teachers to "do school" they know how to do that, they're teachers, if all they are doing is commenting on discussion boards, or journaling...you are missing a big piece.
Is the learning changing their practice and classroom?
if so how...
What evidence is there?
Does listening and interacting via webinar on classroom20 develop you professionally? Did listening to Don Tapscott talk about millenials and the digital generation, change the way you looked at your classroom..if so let’s have that discussion...if not, then what will?
Measuring transfer and changing your practice is hard...often times however playing school and “earning” credts is not.

You’ve taken in-seat and online courses...did your practice change, if so, how, and what would quantify/qualify that statement?
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