The Assessment of Interactive Learning: The Contributions Made by Online Portfolios and Cognitive Mapping

The Assessment of Interactive Learning: The Contributions Made by Online Portfolios and Cognitive Mapping

Edméa Santos (Faculty of Education of State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Marco Silva (Estácio de Sá University, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-992-2.ch003


This chapter proposes the use of a communicational approach to rethink conceptual and methodological aspects of learning assessment in the context of interactive online information and communication technologies. The approach makes use of the digital online portfolio interface together with cognitive mapping techniques (mind maps and concept maps) as devices for assessing learning in online education. The examples described in the text are the result of pedagogical practice and research undertaken by the authors.
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The Use Of Interactive Assessment In The Online Classroom

Teachers and students accustomed to the primacy of transmission in education and the mass media now have to develop alternatives to transmissive teaching and the associated learning assessment model. They have to develop their creative imagination to meet the new sociotechnical demands for independence, a multiplicity of connections, dialogue, collaboration and interactivity.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Interactive Learning: Interactive communication is a challenge for all of us who are used to the paradigm of transmission. It can in fact be divided into three parts. The teacher must at the same time be aware of hypertext, use it to enhance his pedagogical action without losing his authorship and, lastly, appreciate that it is not a question of invalidating the classical paradigm.

Concept Maps: Concept maps are diagrams that show relationships, links or associations between concepts.

Portfolio: A portfolio is here considered to be an asynchronous communication interface, a device for pedagogical research and practice and, above all, a device for interactive assessment.

Mind Maps: The organization of mind maps reflects how the mind processes thinking as ideas arise.

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