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What is Instructional Alignment

Fostering Pedagogy Through Micro and Adaptive Learning in Higher Education: Trends, Tools, and Applications
Consistency between the learning goals, instructional activities and assessment tasks of a course.
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Approaches and Tools for Experiential Learning of Abstract Concepts: The Case of Algorithms
J. Ángel Velázquez-Iturbide (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-8656-6.ch006
Some students prefer a concrete approach to learning whereas others prefer an abstract one. Algorithms perform transformations of information, thus they have an abstract nature. Consequently, many students have difficulties in their study. We present two computer-supported approaches to experiential learning of algorithms. On the one hand, program visualization automatically generates graphical representations of the behavior of algorithms, making visible the virtual. On the other hand, algorithm benchmarking gathers and compares data of the performance of several algorithms, making visible their properties with respect to given criteria. The chapter includes a brief motivation and introduction to these issues, followed by a treatment of each educational approach. For each approach, we present an introduction to its foundations, relevant features of educational systems intended to support them, and ways of using them in algorithm courses. We also deal with the successful instructional integration of program visualization and algorithm benchmarking systems into algorithm courses.
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Aligning the Design of Educational Robotics Tools With Classroom Activities
The idea of aligning intended outcomes, instruction and assessment to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
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Internal Coherence Between Methodology and Assessment: Formative and Shared Assessment and Tutored Learning Projects
The process by which the focus is on establishing the greatest possible coherence between the different curricular elements (objectives, professional competences, contents, assessment criteria, etc.).
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