Thursday, May 15 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Banishing misconceptions: The confluence of formative assessment, multimedia learning, and conceptual change

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Stubborn misconceptions are common in many fields of study. They are the 'devils in the details' that inhibit a deeper understanding of a given subject. This presentation will explore the networked nature of learning and how the combination of formative quizzes and short online videos can be used to alter relationships among basic knowledge elements in order to banish misconceptions involving more complex topics.

Learners are first alerted to the existence of misconceptions in their own thinking by means of brief formative assessments. Learners are then directed to short online videos which address the misconceptions. This feedback-corrective procedure can have the effect of reconfiguring knowledge elements in the schemata of individual learners, which can then lead to deeper understanding of a topic.

The presentation is suitable for all educators and especially for distance learning faculty and course developers. At the end of the presentation participants will be able to:


  1. Appraise the value of formative assessments for identifying misconceptions;
  2. Understand how to implement short online videos as follow-up correctives; and
  3. Describe how knowledge elements are related according to schema theory.


Of Interest to: Online and distance education, Post-secondary education, K-12 educators, Instructional designers

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J. M. Ramey

Distance Education Coordinator, Northeast State Community College
I'm passionate about innovative approaches to facilitate deeper learning.

Thursday May 15, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Campus Activity Centre, TRUSU Lecture Hall 900 McGill Road, Kamloops BC, Canada V2C 0C8

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