A Framework for Designing Assessment Activities for Virtual Worlds.
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Substantial evidence now supports the use of virtual worlds for teaching, learning, and more recently, assessment. Developing assessment activities for virtual worlds is inherently complex due to the open-ended, exploratory nature of a 3-D immersive environment. This study developed a framework for designing activities that produce evidence of students’ levels of proficiency for a defined set of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). The framework is based on Evidence-Centered Design and enables the designer to articulate and define the linkages between student tasks, observable variables, evidence, scoring, inter-relationships, and KSAs. Two methods were used to test the efficacy of the framework: observation and logdata. Initial results support the use of the framework to systematically design virtual world assessment activities.
Mayrath, M., Clarke-Midura, J., Dede, C. & Code, J. (2011). A Framework for Designing Assessment Activities for Virtual Worlds. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.