If I had to pick one favourite from this month’s new courses, it would be Heidi Watkins’ very visual quiz on Maslow’s Hierarchy. But what characterises all of these new courses is their level of sophistication. Very graphic quizzes, high-quality formative feedback and thorough documentation are all in evidence.
Here are my top 9 picks, listed by subject.
|UK||Biology||Biology GCSE||Nicola Fergurson at Okehampton College||A thorough set of 5 quizzes for OCR Gateway, standard and higher tier. The questions are well written, though as they lack feedback, this is purely summative assessment.|
|UK||Business||Cert. in Financial Studies U2||James Percival at Turin Grove School||I really enjoyed trialling these 7 summative quizzes from the CeFS course, which I had not heard of before. Highly commended.|
|UK||Business||Human Resources||Heidi Watkins at King Charles 1 School||Try the quiz on Maslow – it’s beautifully done!|
|AUS||Business||Health and Safety in the Workplace||John Crawley from the Chisholm Institute||This set of tasks supports part of the Australian Diploma in Business. The tasks themselves form a straightforward framework in which the author has slotted some very comprehensive documentation.|
|UK||German||German Grammar Practice||Alastair McCullough at the Methodist College, Belfast||How frustrating. I scored only 40% on Endings. 7 well-structured quizzes, though the naming convention is a little hard to follow.|
|UK||ICT||7.3 Healthy Living||Anon||What I really like about these four ePortfolio tasks is that the author has built in all the documentation, including lesson plans. A very sophisticated resource.|
|USA||Literacy||Literacy||Chris Reall at Roanoke City Public Schools, Virginia||Check out ‘Organising Ideas’ to get a feel of the style. Fingers crossed Chris will add some more to this excellent beginning.|
|UK||Physics||AQA Physics P1 & P2||Ralph Holmes at Langle School||Ralph has further extended and reorganised his award-winning Physics course to include regular revision quizzes as well as topics. The structured route to better exam results.|
|UK||Science||How Science Works||Jeremy Reading at Presdales School||These three short quizzes on the scientific method are some of the best Science resources on Yacapaca, in my opinion. The questions are well-written with good, formative feedback that challenges the students to think more deeply.|