[Sugar-devel] FUDCon hackfest proposal: assessment
tomeu at sugarlabs.org
Thu Jun 18 09:24:49 EDT 2009
On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 14:31, Greg DeKoenigsberg<gdk at redhat.com> wrote:
> Hello folks.
> Is there any interest in figuring out how assessments might work in a
> Sugar activity API?
> Teachers frequently talk about the need to assess the progress of their
> pupils. In the context of an activity, how do teachers do that? I don't
> think there's a clear mechanism, and I suspect that constructing such a
> mechanism might be simple. I believe that such a feature might also help
> make a case for usefulness to teachers.
> A few points/assumptions:
> 0. I'm guessing there will be some simple API, maybe
> "sugar.activity.assess". Or maybe it's actually part of datastore. I
> don't know the code well enough. :)
> 1. I assume there will be a server that can collect this data, maybe
> Moodle, maybe not. Something like...
> * Activity is suspended.
> * Assessment data is written to datastore.
> * Some process reaps recent assessment data periodically and syncs to
> server if possible, or fails gracefully if not, storing for future sync.
> 2. I believe that every activity should be able to report the most basic
> assessment metric, which is "time spent in an activity". For young
> students, time spent in an activity is one of the most reliable predictors
> of mastery, and because that data can surely be collected automatically,
> it should be made available automatically.
> 3. I believe that it should be possible for an activity to specify
> additional, simple assessment. This could be quite a rathole, but an
> initial possibility could be "score/max score" and timestamp.
> So one can imagine an activity passing along data that might look
> something like this:
> gregdek, mongo, rectangle-quest-1, 18/20, timestamp 08:31:44.
> gregdek, mongo, rectangle-quest-2, 11/20, timestamp 08:52:08.
> gregdek, mongo, time-in-activity, 23 minutes, timestamp 09:04:56.
> Is this an interesting idea? If so, I'd love to sit down with folks at
> the hackfest at LinuxTag and draw up a spec for how it might be
I think it's very interesting and have heard from several people
similar interest: GCompris, OLPC Austria, IFL (TeacherMate), etc
Will be great to talk about it in LT, maybe we could hold a session in
the sugar booth?
Or better sunday as a FUDCon session?
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