Training and Orientation Materials for Flashlight Online 2.0
Flashlight Online is a tool for sharing.
We prime the pump by providing over a dozen folders of
surveys, rubrics and item banks, each on a different topic.
This system of folders functions something like Google
Documents. We share the folders with our contacts at
Network and Comprehensive Collection institutions. Our
contacts can share them with other users at their
institution. Then, if we put a new rubric into a
folder, everyone who has that folder will immediately have
access to a read-only copy of that survey. They can copy
that model material, modify their copy, and put it to work,
as often as they like.
Here is a 13 minute
talk describing these materials as of March 2010.
Each Network and Comprehensive Collection
subscribing institution can name up to two TLT Group
contacts and two Flashlight administrators. If you are one
of those four people but, when you open your Flashlight
Online account, you don't see over a dozen Flashlight
folders, please email flashlight at tltgroup.org and and
we'll put you on our list. We rely on these four contacts to
make sure that all local users have access to the folders
they need. Click here
to learn more about how to share folders.
Flashlight folders include:
Assessment and Evaluation
Workshops: Forms for running workshops on
evaluation, assessment, accreditation and related
For example, here's a form to help sensitize
participants to confusors that can accidentally disrupt
(instruments that could be used by Information
Technology, Facilities programs and others that plan and
support technologies used in classrooms).
Clickers (see "Student Response Systems"
Course and Workshop Evaluation Forms and Item
Banks: for use at the end of courses and
workshops for evaluating the activity and its leader(s).
In this folder we're putting forms developed by
subscribers and other Flashlight users that you may want
to use as models or resources.
Flashlight Current Student
Inventory (CSI) 2.0: these item banks have been
drawn and adapted from the Flashlight
Current Student Inventory 1.0,
a validated set of items developed for studies of
educational uses of technology. The items are being
updated and augmented as they are moved into Flashlight
Technology-Based Strategies to Teach Diverse Learners:
So far this folder has one short survey for use in
faculty workshops exploring technology-based approaches
to teaching and learning. In 2010 we want to work with
subscribing institutions to develop more tools for
teaching diverse learners, implementing the kinds of
strategies outlined in our
material on this topic.
folder current contains proof-of-concept surveys
(standard, matrix) designed for formative and summative
evaluation of ePortfolio initiatives. We want to
work with institutions to develop and validate such
tools, while also developing the use of Flashlight
Online rubrics as tools for assessing ePortfolios.
Harvesting TLT ideas from
faculty members (academic staff): These surveys
can be used to gather teaching tips, techniques, and
resources from faculty which can then be emailed,
posted, or collected for use by other faculty.
Information Literacy -
Evaluating Programs: The first set of tools in
this folder are to help faculty and librarians do
formative evaluation of assignments and activities
designed to develop students' information literacy.
Institutional Planning for
Teaching and Learning with Technology: These
surveys are being developed for use in institutional and
programmatic strategic planning (e.g., needs
Learning Spaces - Planning,
Evaluating: These prototype tools are being
developed for evaluating current learning spaces as well
as to help with planning renovations and the design of
new spaces (physical and online).
Online offers the opportunity to increase the power of
rubrics for assessing learning and for program
evaluation. Rubrics of general interest will be
stored in this folder.
Student Response Systems
(polling systems such as clickers): For use by
individual instructors, and by program leaders. to
understand better how students are responding to the use
of student response
Teaching, Learning Centers;
Faculty Support Units - evaluation tools: These
prototype tools are the beginning of a suite of
instruments for evaluating faculty support/development
services. Help us develop them!
Using Student Feedback to
Improve Courses (ARQ): These tools, some of
which are the subject of
"Asking the Right Questions (ARQ)" workshop materials,
are designed for use by faculty to gather the kinds of
student feedback that can help guide learning in a
course. Some of these tools are classic "Classroom
Assessment Techniques (CATs)."
Need a model form that you don't see here?
Have a survey, rubric, or item bank you would like to share
with hundreds of other users? Then contact us by emailing
flashlight at tltgroup.org.
When some names were entered in the
system, we forgot to give them "managing" privileges
(e.g., the authority to give others read-only access to
that particular folder). So some TLT Group and
Flashlight contacts will find, when they look at their
survey lists, that they have "sharing" beside some of
Flashlight folders but not others. Simple solution:
Email flashlight at tltgroup.org and list the Flashlight
folders for which you want the authority to 'manage.'
(This does not interfere with the contact's ability to
use the materials, just their authority to share them
All four contacts at each institution
have a right to these folders but not all contacts
actually received access in the first pass. So, if
you log-in, and don't see any Flashlight folders,
contact info at tltgroup.org to make sure you're on the
list of contacts. We'll give you access to all the
Flashlight folders within a few days.