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#06-Using Flashlight? Online for Classroom Assessment Surveys: Platform Independent Application

 June 25, 2002

Goal

Using a web-based service, “Flashlight™ Online,” for creating, administering, and analyzing classroom assessment surveys (student learning probes).

Credits

Frank Parker
Johnson C. Smith University
fparker@jcsu.edu

 

Standard Use: Flashlight™ Online is intended for creating, administering, and analyzing surveys developed for program level assessment and evaluation. It also provides additional resources to support users interested in doing studies related to the use of technology for learning. In this regard, Flashlight Online also qualifies as a LTA in the domain of assessment and evaluation. Here is a link to a sample prepared by Steve Erhmann of the Flashlight Project you might review:

http://ctlsilhouette.ctlt.wsu.edu/CTLSilhouette2_5/mode/respondent/takeHTMLsurvey.asp?s=ZS6659

Prerequisite

You will need to have access to a Web browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.) that supports cookies and access to the Internet. Students will need access to a Web browser and the Internet as well. In addition, to complete this LTA you will need a site license to the Flashlight™ Online service or a guest account. The link below will provide you with information on acquiring Flashlight services:

http://www.tltgroup.org/programs/flashlightonline.html

Flashlight Online is hosted by Washington State University’s CTLSilhouette system, so there is no software to install on your institution’s servers or on user machines. You use your normal Web browser to create, administer, and analyze your classroom surveys. Because you use your own Web browser, Flashlight™ Online is platform independent.

Procedure ? Summary

  1. Determine what you would like to know about student learning in your classroom.
  2. Develop a classroom assessment survey using Flashlight™ Online.
  3. Administer your survey to students by providing them with the URL to the survey.
  4. Review the results of the survey online and make the appropriate modifications to your class.
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