This is a very comprehensive project. It provides a complete description of the tool to be used, examples of how it has been used, several papers describing use since its earliest conception and a Powerpoint for the new user to gain an overview of the process. The strength is in the guidelines for creating and using an assesment tool which looks at individual self-assessment and group-perceived progress in the areas of knowledge, experience and confidence. This tool can be used in a variety of academic areas. It offers a FAQ and instructions for creating your own PPI.
Designers of the tool will learn hot to design a curricular tool as they assess student perceptions of success. The design process also pushes the designer to review course goals in a very specific way which has the potential for improved course design, While the tool can be developed using templates designers wishing to go further could also increase their knowledge of using html for web-based work.
The tool allows creators to assess personal and individual cognitive, affective and behavioral responses in a particular context.
Users of the tool will learn to develop a greater awareness of the accuracy of their own perceptions during the course work.
Target Student Population:
The target audience described are university students. It seems that it could also be used at the high school level, particularly with seniors who are college bound. Use for elementary and middle grades could be possible as well.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Both designers and users need some comfort with using the computer to access and navigate the internet. Designers will need more specific skills in working files and entering information into a template and uploading the results to the web. In order to create a web-based survey, users would need to be able to follow the prompts for a free survey site or use another survey instrument to which they had access.
Type of Material:
Assessment, Reference material. In some circumstances it could provide the basis for a case study.
While primarily meant as a university assessment tool there is no reason it could not also be used in a highschool and community college environment as well. Users can develop their own participant perception indicators based on their own context and materials.
None other than web access.
Evaluation and Observation
Excellent materials provided to guide first time users. Access to templates provides a good starting point for those who wish to use them as they are or modify as they gain comfort to design their own. Papers and powerpoints also provide background for those who never used this kind of assessment tool earlier.
The material is open-ended. It would be available as a tool for educators to use in assessing the way their students, TA's or student-teachers develop in terms of their perception of knowledge.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
As indicated in other comments this tool will be helpful for both students and insructors. As well as looking at the areas on knowledge, experience and confidence it also looks at the important course academic goals be being divided into themes.
The tool could easily be used to develop a sense of student benchmarks to understand material and feel comfortable with it. This would be extremely helpful in the student teaching process or in developing content knowledge.
There needs to be an understanding in the group on how this will be used and what kind of feedback students will have from the instructor. This is, indeed, perception based and students need to know where, or if, it is to be used in grading as oppossed to formative assessment along the way.
Collegial or administrative support should be in place to support the time needed for designing an effective PPI.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Web-based and easy to use after the first exposure. Can access from any computer.
Using one of the survey as is would be very simple. Just looking at the process, however, might be an excellent way to get instructors thinking about formative assessment of their classes.
Developing one's own survey would require some expertise that some instructors would find daunting.
Other Issues and Comments:
Some of the current writing about learning talks about the importance of metacognition... of students being aware of how they learn. This tool pushes users to think about personal perceptions of how they grow over time and also receive feedback on the accuracy of these perceptions.