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News & Updates
TERG director, Dr Niall Seery presenting the UL GRASS project team's paper “Identifying, Developing and Grading ‘Soft Skills’ in Design and Technology Education: A Methodological Approach” at the 32nd Pupils’ Attitudes Towards Technology (PATT) conference in Utrecht (Netherlands). This paper focused on detailing TERG’s contribution to the development of an assessment architecture capable of validly and reliably grading soft skills in Design and Technology Education. Significant emphasis was placed on exploring the nature and effect of evidence produced in Initial Technology Teacher Education (ITTE) modules, specifically, the triangulation of this evidence in relation to its ecological validity and the digital accreditation of badges.
The conference provided an audience of academics concerned with the utilization of technology in education. It is envisioned that many GRASS related activities will emerge as a result of networking between the UL GRASS team and this audience.
The Council of UNIZG TTF included into the doctoral program a new course proposed by Ivana Salopek Čubrić. The name of the course is "Creativity in technology and design" and one of the topics is the methodology of grading creativity with OBs developed within GRASS project.
LS organized workshop for teachers entitled "Grading Soft Skills with Open Badges". The workshop is organized in collaboration with partner pair - UNIZG, during the Carnet Users Conference that is held in Rovinj November 9-11, 2016.
On November 24, 2016, Vladan Devedzic from UB has presented the GRASS project at the EAPRIL 2016 conference in Porto, Portugal. The project was nominated for the Best Research & Practice Project Award 2016, but unfortunately another project was awarded...
On Nov 18 2016, the KTH team made a presentation titled “Digital badges for in-service training of online tutors “. This presentation introduced the audience to the GRASS-project and especially to the evaluation of digital badges in the professional development of math coaches. Stenbom, S., Benjaminsson, S., Hrastinski, S. & Cleveland-Innes, M. (2016). Digital badges for in-service training of online tutors. Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference.
Stefan Stenbom from KTH has presented the GRASS project at a Higher Seminar on KTH Royal Institute of Technology on 11th November 2016.
A new research paper has been accepted for publication in the British Journal of Educational Technology. The paper has been written by the Swedish university team at KTH and elaborates on the use of digital badges for development of online tutoring skills:
Hrastinski, S., Stenbom, S., & Cleveland-Innes, M. (in press). Tutoring online tutors: using digital badges to encourage the development of online tutoring skills. British Journal of Educational Technology.
Adrian O’Connor presented ‘Identifying, Developing and Grading Soft Skills in Higher Education: A Methodological Approach’ at the Higher Education in Transformation (HEIT) Symposium in Oshawa (Canada). This research proposes a technological infrastructure that acknowledges the importance of self-assessment, peer observation and teacher evaluation when adjudicating on the digital accreditation of ‘soft skills’. The proposal has the capacity to balance, weight, and triangulate the objective and subjective evidence of soft skill acquisition ensuring the validity and reliability of the resultant accreditation. Using the proposed technological approach, the identification, development and grading of soft skills can be reviewed, tracked and managed over time to demonstrate competencies with respect to both the context and situation. The technological approach empowers stakeholders as critical partners within the assessment process and supports the ecological validity of their judgements based on the evidence submitted for accreditation. Reliability is strengthened by the triangulation of these judgements. Though more significantly, the technological approach facilitates the capacity to weight stakeholders’ decisions relative to the context and situation.
Ivana Salopek Cubric and Goran Cubric presented the GRASS project at 11th International regional conference IBES 2016. The conference was held in Porec, 12th to 14th October 2016.