About

Gender

Male


Location

Oxfordshire


Job role

Distance Learning Programme Manager


Organisation

UK Defence Academy


About me:

I run the Military Knowledge education courses for junior Army officers (156 e-learning lessons over 2 courses, high-stakes summative assessments, 3300 students at any one time with 2000 students flowing through each year) and act as a focal point for the development and implementation of Technology Enhanced Learning in the Defence Academy.


Size of organisation (employees)

>5000


Areas of professional interest

Blended learning, Content authoring and design, Gaming and simulations for learning, Measurement methods and technologies, Mobile learning, Performance support technologies and methods, Skills assessment and competency mapping, Social Media and learning


Sector

Central government


Jim Potts replied to Jim Potts's discussion High-stakes summative assessment - beyond multiple choice? in Assessment
"Graham
Wow, talk about picking up a cold trail! Thanks for your very informative reply and the new examples. In particular thanks for the link to your articles and the one on repairing MCQs which has prompted me to reinvigorate an offer I had from…"
Jun 30, 2010
Graham Barrow replied to Jim Potts's discussion High-stakes summative assessment - beyond multiple choice? in Assessment
"I'm slow coming to this conversation and it may be that everything is done and dusted but as it is a subject dear to my heart and I can't resist adding my thoughts.

I firmly believe there is a role for MCQs in both formative and summative…"
Jun 30, 2010
Jim Potts replied to Jim Potts's discussion High-stakes summative assessment - beyond multiple choice? in Assessment
"Thankyou for your interest Joan. In this case the SMEs are generally military practitioners who are on a posting into a staff or training job. This means that they are unlikely to have had any training/education in instructional design and thus have…"
Sep 17, 2009
joan gavin replied to Jim Potts's discussion High-stakes summative assessment - beyond multiple choice? in Assessment
"Hi Jim,

Please could you explain how the SMEs are different to the educators in this instance in order that I can put it into context.

Also I think there is some issue with MCQs but with a bit of imagination you can test higher levels of learning…"
Sep 16, 2009
Jim Potts replied to Neil Lasher's discussion What software works for you? in eLearning Developers forum
"Thanks for the comprehensive response, I agree that we should have a chat in the margins next week... :)"
Jun 5, 2009
Jim Potts left a comment on Armed Forces (UK) and MOD
"I suspect that nobody has been to the MOD workshop page on the forum so I'm repeating the cartoon here... (If you are down for the MOD workshop at next weeks gathering then feel free to go and have a look at the forum!)."
Jun 4, 2009
Jim Potts replied to Neil Lasher's discussion What software works for you? in eLearning Developers forum
"Neil

I hope I'm not hijacking your worthwhile question but I'm a bit stumped. I work for the MOD in the UK Defence Academy and manage a high-end, bespoke, mandated, high-stakes series of courses (156 lessons over >100 hours of e-learning) which is…"
Jun 4, 2009
Richard Gott replied to Jim Potts's discussion High-stakes summative assessment - beyond multiple choice? in Assessment
"Please see the site has a lot of assessment-related resources. Also there are a number of LinkedIn Groups. Some resources are available to non-members and we analyse the different types of assessment throughout the site.

Rich."
May 28, 2009
Jim Potts left a comment on Armed Forces (UK) and MOD
"Andy, thanks for the input. I'll see you on 16 Mar (unfortunately I didn't make it to the RN e-Learning WG) as we are looking at using the Cranfield University Moodle for the Army Military Knowledge courses. Cheers, Jim:)"
Mar 4, 2009
Jim Potts left a comment on Armed Forces (UK) and MOD
"We run our assessments in QMP and I'm currently looking at Intelligent Assessment's free text tool that is in use with the OU, but I'll pursue other avenues if you know of any.
I've had several chats with Caspian and would be interested in the…"
Feb 11, 2009
Jim Potts left a comment on Armed Forces (UK) and MOD
"Sorry it's taken a while to respond, I was away (without internet access, yuch). The courses I run are more education than training and thus don't lend themselves to multiple choice assessments which, even with skilful question techniques, tend to…"
Feb 11, 2009
Jim Potts replied to Jim Potts's discussion High-stakes summative assessment - beyond multiple choice? in Assessment
"Richard
Thanks for the comment. Paul has picked up my thread in the MOD group so I will engage through there.
Cheers, Jim:)"
Feb 11, 2009
Richard Clewer replied to Jim Potts's discussion High-stakes summative assessment - beyond multiple choice? in Assessment
"Hi Jim.

I have seen this problem myself having been involved with training the MOD myself. Personally, I was not a fan of multiple choice partly because of the reasons you mention.

I attended the talk by Lt Cdr Paul Pine RN at the Conference last…"
Feb 2, 2009
Jim Potts replied to Jim Potts's discussion High-stakes summative assessment - beyond multiple choice? in Assessment
"Thanks for the reply Norman, it was just me and the tumbleweeds in here for a while. I'll dig out your reference and I've noted Phil Green's excellent articles in the Learning Technologies magazines. I'm also chatting with Intelligent Assessment who…"
Jan 30, 2009
Norman Lamont replied to Jim Potts's discussion High-stakes summative assessment - beyond multiple choice? in Assessment
"Here are a few observations (you might have thought of these already).

Multiple choice questions that just test factual recall are usually boring and won't engage students. But m-c questions can be made more engaging by increasing the relevance and…"
Jan 30, 2009
Jim Potts left a comment on Armed Forces (UK) and MOD
"I've started a (so far very lonely) discussion in the Assessment Group on summative assessments. Feel free to contribute if you are interested..."
Jan 27, 2009
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